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Newsom order sending mail-in ballots to all California voters

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed an executive order that will send every registered voter in the state a mail-in ballot for November’s presidential election — immediately raising concerns from Republicans that it could lead to fraud and abuse.

“Elections and the right to vote are foundational to our democracy,” Newsom said in a statement. “No Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote.”

The move is in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down a number of in-person voting opportunities in primaries and local elections out of fear of the virus spreading. California becomes the first state to automatically send voters their ballots ahead of the general election.

Newsom emphasized that Californians will continue to have access to in-person voting sites.

President Trump opposes the practice of voting by mail, alleging that it is prone to corruption.

“Mail ballots, they cheat,” Trump said last month. “Mail ballots are very dangerous for this country because of cheaters. They go collect them. They are fraudulent in many cases.”

The president has not produced evidence of the voter fraud he alleges.

Newsom on Friday appeared to have some reservations himself about the plan.

“Mail-in ballots aren’t a perfect solution for every person, and I look forward to our public health experts and the Secretary of State’s and the Legislature’s continued partnership to create safer in-person opportunities for Californians who aren’t able to vote by mail,” he said in the statement.




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