A bill signed by Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday now ensures that every registered California voter will receive a mail-in ballot for future elections.
The bill codifies a change made during the pandemic in preparation for the 2020 election and the recent recall of Newsom. California, the nation’s most populous state, has joined Utah, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon in mailing ballots to all voters. The increase of voting by mail was opposed by Republicans, who hold a minority in the state legislature.
According to the new law, California voters must receive their ballots at least 29 days before the election but can still cast their ballots in person. Many Californians were already voting by mail prior to the outbreak.
On Monday, Newsom signed ten more voting-related bills as part of a drive to what – what he says – improve voting rights and access. Nationally, voting rights have become a key political issue. Many Democratic-led states are pushing legislation to make the perilous and easily abused mail-in voting process a key pillar in their election strategy. Those same states and Democrat officials are likewise crying foul over Republicans trying to ensure identification is used to vote, claiming that requesting voter ID is racist.
During the recent recall election against Newsom, California Republicans were again skeptical of the widespread use of mail-in voting. With this new bill those concerns will remain in the years ahead, at least for those that stay in the increasingly radical state.