California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday marked an official request allowing every single enrolled voter in the Golden State to cast a ballot via mail in the up and coming presidential political decision, refering to concerns coming from the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
“I signed an executive order that will allow every registered voter in California to receive a mail-in ballot,” Newsom said. “That mail-in ballot is important but it’s not an exclusive substitute to physical locations.”
Newsom said while offering voters the opportunity to cast a ballot via mail, he is focused on giving the capacity to cast a ballot at a physical area on political decision day.
“People that are otherwise not familiar with mail-in ballots, are uncomfortable with them, may have disabilities, may have other issues that may preclude that as an appropriate option, we still want to have the appropriate number of physical sites for people to vote as well,” the governor added.
Newsom said while offering voters the opportunity to cast a ballot via mail, he is focused on giving the capacity to cast a ballot at a physical area on election day.
“There’s a lot of concern and excitement around this November’s election in terms of making sure that you can conduct yourself in a safe way and to make sure your health is protected and to make sure we are reaching out to all registered, eligible voters,” the governor stated. “And giving them the opportunity, giving them the choice not to feel like they have to go into a concentrated, dense environment where their health may be at risk but provide an additional asset and additional resources by way of voting by mail.”
In a statement to CNN, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh slammed the move by Newsom, calling it a “thinly-veiled political tactic” to “undermine” election security.
Newsom’s order comes as Democrats the nation over are pushing endeavors to permit voters to cast a ballot via mail in the 2020 political race, in spite of worries of potential voter extortion. On Wednesday, Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) ventured to call for vote-via mail to be allowed past the political race.
“If we don’t act fast, we will jeopardize participation in what may be the most important election of our lifetime. People will stay home. Disproportionately, those people will be of color, who live in neighborhoods most likely to lose polling locations,” the Democrat lawmakers wrote in an op-ed for The Hill. “They’ll be students, single parents, and low-wage workers, who can’t put their lives on hold to go vote. They’ll be seniors and medically-vulnerable patients, who would be literally risking their lives just to cast their ballots. So a privileged few will get to decide our country’s trajectory while the people most impacted by this crisis are forced to forfeit their voice.”
Latest data has not demonstrated a convincing general advocacy for vote-via mail. Wisconsin is one of the main U.S. states that held its essential political race with face to face casting a ballot after the coronavirus lockdown started. Just a couple dozen individuals at greatest were affirmed to have gotten the infection in the wake of taking an interest either as voters or survey laborers, and none of those cases were lethal. Out of the 413,000 members, that approaches a contamination rate underneath two-hundredths of one percent. Only days after the fact, South Korea held national races which didn’t bring about any new coronavirus cases.