Newsom signs bill to makes universal vote-by-mail permanent in California

California Governor Gavin Newsom. (Photo: Office of Governor Gavin Newsom)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Monday that requires every registered voter in the state to be mailed a ballot in all future statewide elections.

State Assembly Bill 37 extended a pandemic-driven accommodation that automatically mailed a ballot to every voter in the state and was set to expire Jan. 1, 2022, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“As states across our country continue to enact undemocratic voter suppression laws, California is increasing voter access, expanding voting options and bolstering elections integrity and transparency,” Newsom claimed, bragging of the “unprecedented steps” taken last year, making universal mail-in voting a widespread reality during the pandemic.

“Today we are making those measures permanent after record-breaking participation in the 2020 presidential election,” Gavin Newsom added.

The bill also maintained an extension of the deadline for receiving ballots. Rather than the three-day deadline imposed by law prior to the COVID-19 amendments, ballots will now be allowed to arrive within seven days of election day.

“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,” Newsom said in a Monday statement.

Lawsuit on the expansion of mail-in-voting

The governor Newsom had to fight a lawsuit stemming from his support of the expansion of mail-in-voting.

In June 2020, two Republican California assemblymen sued Newsom for an abuse of power over his executive order to send mail-in ballots to every voter. In November of 2020, Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman ruled in favor of the lawsuit.

However, in early May 2021, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento overruled that decision, stating that Newsom was within his rights to expand mail-in voting during the pandemic.

According to Ballotpedia, California became the eighth vote-by-mail state in the country, joining Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

Despite the commonplace narrative promoted by Democratic politicians, poll after poll shows that Americans support basic election integrity measures, such as providing a valid form of identification, and reject the narrative that such laws are “racist.”

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