Sep 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

California Gov. Newsom signs legislation making mail-in ballots permanent

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday making permanent a pandemic-era measure to mail ballots to all registered voters, the governor's office announced in a statement.

Why it matters: The move to make voting by mail permanent is intended to "increase access to democracy and enfranchise more voters," according to the statement.

The big picture: In May 2020, California passed a measure ensuring that all registered voters in the state received a mail-in ballot ahead of the elections.

What they're saying: “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,” the Democratic governor said in the statement.

  • Newsom added that the state was making the measure permanent "after record-breaking participation in the 2020 presidential election."
  • "Vote-by-mail has significantly increased participation of eligible voters. Voters like having options for returning their ballot whether by mail, at a secure dropbox, a voting center or at a traditional polling station," California Secretary of State Shirley Weber added in the statement.
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