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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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Oct 22, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

More than 100 Polk County absentee ballot requests rejected

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

At least 130 Polk County voters submitted absentee ballot requests via mail after Monday's 5pm deadline, according to a county auditor's report provided to Axios by Polk County Democrats.

Why it matters: The Nov. 2 elections mark the first time voters head to the polls since Gov. Kim Reynolds signed new voting rules into law.

  • Shorter timeframes and far more restrictive rules could make it harder for communities of color, individuals with disabilities and elderly voters to cast ballots, groups like LULAC Iowa argue.

Nonpartisan Wisconsin audit finds 2020 election "largely safe and secure"

A poll worker feeds a voting tabulation machine with absentee ballots in the gym at Sun Prairie High School on Nov. 3, 2020, in Sun Prairie, Wisc. Photo: Andy Manis/Getty Images

A nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential race results in Wisconsin found no evidence of widespread voter fraud and determined the swing state's election had been "largely safe and secure."

Why it matters: The results further undermine former President Donald Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud throughout the country.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.