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Politics California to mail every voter a ballot in future elections

01:05  28 september  2021
01:05  28 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Registered voters do not have to apply for a vote -by- mail ballot for this election . Instead of going to the polls on Election Day, you may vote using the vote -by- mail ballot that will be sent to you. After you have voted , insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all California Elections Code section 3017(c) requires county elections officials to establish procedures to track and confirm the receipt of voted vote -by- mail ballots and to make this information available by means of an online access system using the county's elections division web site or via a toll-free telephone number.

All registered voters in California will receive a mail -in ballot for the upcoming November election , Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during his daily pandemic briefing.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, people wait in line outside a voting center to cast their recall ballots in Huntington Beach, Calif. Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The nation's most populous state mailed everyone a ballot in the two most recent elections due to concerns about voting during the pandemic. Newsom's signature makes that change permanent. Even prior to the pandemic, most Californians were receiving ballots in the mail. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File): California Voting © Provided by Associated Press California Voting

The law makes permanent a change adopted during the pandemic for the 2020 election and the recent recall against Newsom. California, the nation's most populous state, joins several other Western states in mailing all voters a ballot, including Utah, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.

Under the new law, ballots in California must go out at least 29 days before the election. Voters still have the option to drop off their ballot or vote in person. Prior to the pandemic, many Californians were already voting by mail.

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All California active registered voters will receive a vote -by- mail ballot for the September 14, 2021 recall election . Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by August 16, 2021. As part of registering to vote , you are given the option to become a “permanent vote -by- mail voter ,” which means you would automatically receive a ballot in the mail before each election .

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“Voters like having options for returning their ballot whether by mail, at a secure drop box, a voting center or at a traditional polling station. And the more people who participate in elections, the stronger our democracy and the more we have assurance that elections reflect the will of the people of California,” California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, a Democrat, said in a statement.

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California already allowed voters to select voting by mail for any reason. The percentage of California ballots cast by mail has been steadily increasing since 2001, when a state law let people opt to permanently receive their ballots in the mail ahead of elections . Vote -by- mail ballots have accounted for more than half of all votes in every statewide election since 2012. Until recently, it’s been an option embraced by both major political parties. But Republican President Donald Trump’s frequent claims — without evidence — that voting by mail increases fraud seems to have soured

All registered voters in California will receive a mail -in ballot for November's election , Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday as the state continued to work on plans that would keep polling locations open and voters at a healthy distance. Newsom signed an executive order that will provide voters with the mail -in Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the move makes California "the first state in the nation to respond to COVID-19 by taking this action of sending every voter a ballot in the mail in advance of the November election ." "I think that's huge," he said. "There is no safer, physically distancing, healthier

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, two voters cast their ballots at a vote center, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The nation's most populous state mailed everyone a ballot in the two most recent elections due to concerns about voting during the pandemic. Newsom's signature makes that change permanent. Even prior to the pandemic, most Californians were receiving ballots in the mail. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File): California Voting © Provided by Associated Press California Voting

“As states across our country continue to enact undemocratic voter suppression laws, California is increasing voter access, expanding voting options and bolstering elections integrity and transparency,” Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement.

Mail-in voting put California Republicans in a tricky spot during the recent recall election against Newsom, which he handily defeated. Many Republicans didn't trust the process, leaving party leaders to both encourage their voters to cast ballots while promising they were closely monitoring claims of fraud.

Republicans who hold a minority in the state Legislature rejected the effort to expand mail balloting.

Another proposal Newsom signed relaxes the rules around ballot signatures, giving officials more leeway to accept ballots if the signature doesn't exactly match what's on file. The legislation by Democratic Sen. Josh Becker bars election officials from taking a voter's party preference into account when evaluating their signature. Republicans in the state Legislature also opposed the bill.

In order to reject a signature, two other election officials must also determine if the signature differs in obvious ways from the signature in the person's registration record.

Other bills Newsom signed:

-Increase penalties for improper use of campaign funds

-Expand the distance at which campaign activities are blocked outside of polling places

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