California Now Requires Every Registered Voter Be Mailed a Ballot
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs bill into state law
California now requires every single registered voter in the state to be mailed a ballot for all future statewide elections.
On Monday, Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the legislation into state law to seal the deal.
The bill was set to expire on January 1, 2022, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The measure also maintains an extension of the date by which ballots must be received.
As opposed to a three-day deadline previously stipulated by law prior to recent amendments, the ballots will now continue to be allowed to arrive within seven days after election day.
Newsom frame the move as giving "opportunity" to voters.
"Last year we took unprecedented steps to ensure all voters had the opportunity to cast a ballot during the pandemic and today we are making those measures permanent after record-breaking participation in the 2020 presidential election,” the governor said in a Monday statement.
BREAKING: California is now PERMANENTLY a vote-by-mail state.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 27, 2021
Because we believe in making voting EASIER and for every voice to be heard. https://t.co/zGXkPPobBa
Two Republican California assemblymen sued Newsom in June of 2020 over his executive order to send mail-in ballots to every voter, alleging an abuse of power.
Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman ruled in favor of the lawsuit in November of 2020.
The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento, however, overruled that decision in early May 2021.
The court stated that Newsom was within his rights to expand mail-in-voting during the pandemic.
California became the eighth vote-by-mail state in the nation.
The Golden State follows in the footsteps of Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, according to Ballotpedia.