On May 8, California Governor Newsom took a hugely important step:
That’s right: Every eligible voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot for the November 2020 election.
California is now the first state in the U.S. to provide absentee ballots to all registered voters because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Californians who may need access to in-person voting opportunities – including individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak languages other than English, individuals experiencing homelessness, and others – will still be able to access in-person voting opportunities.
Was Newsom did was smart for a number of reasons:
First: There could be a shortage of poll workers in November. Many election workers are retired or elderly, a group that falls into the high-risk category for COVID-19.
Second: Crowded polls aren’t conducive to social distancing.
Third: People can vote in the safety and convenience of their homes, increasing voter participation.
Fourth: Mail-in ballots are easy. And, according to the ABC article, the state is making it ever easier: All return postage will be prepaid.
And here’s another reason: