Long Beach, CA
For Long Beach residents who prefer to stay safe and vote by mail instead of going to the voting booth on Election Day, now may have their chance.
California Governor Gavin Newsom in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has signed an executive order to ensure every California voter is opted into the mail in ballot system for the November presidential election.
Newsom said, “Mail-in ballot is important but it’s not an exclusive substitute to physical locations.” He added that California will still have, “the appropriate number of physical sites for people to vote as well.”
It is unclear at this point, how many physical locations there will be in November on Election Day compared to previous years in the wake of the Coronavirus.
Newsom, a Democrat received a response from the Republican National Committee. It reads, “While we have always supported absentee voting, California is a case study in why automatically sending this many ballots is a problem,” spokesman Michael Ahrens wrote. ”Just last year, a court found that LA county had 1.5 million ineligible voters on their registration lists, meaning there were 112 percent more registered voters than adults living in the county. We are weighing our legal options to ensure the integrity of the election.”
California has become the first state in the union to ensure all voters are automatically sent ballots ahead of the general election.