California will not eliminate in-person voting. It will still be available to voters who prefer to cast their ballots at the polling centers. County officials will conduct in-person voting in a way that protects the health and safety of voters and election workers.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla commented, “California is moving in a swift, bipartisan manner to fortify our democracy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Padilla added that it is necessary to expand the vote-by-mail across the state to protect Californians’ right to vote and the public health.
“Voting by mail has worked safely and securely in California for decades. Mailing every voter a ballot for this election is simply common sense,” said Padilla.
Most Republicans in the State Legislature opposed expanding the mail-in-ballot. Those who supported the law explained that the so-called inactive voters, who did not participate in the previous elections, will not receive a mail-in ballot.
Last month, President Donald Trump slammed the proposal to expand the vote-by-mail, suggesting that it will result in a “rigged election.”