California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Friday allowing all registered voters in the state to receive a mail-in ballot this November. The move comes as several states weigh how to carry out their remaining 2020 elections while keeping voters safe from contracting and spreading the deadly coronavirus.
“I signed an executive order,” Newsom said, “that will allow every registered voter in California to receive a mail-in ballot.”
Newsom, who announced the move at a press conference, clarified that California will still provide an opportunity for people to vote in person at a polling center. “That mail-in ballot is important but it’s not an exclusive substitute to physical locations,” he said.