Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to ensure Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure, and accessible manner during the upcoming election.
He likewise issued a proclamation declaring a statewide General Election on 3 November 2020.
“We are committed to protecting the hard-fought right for Californians to make their voices heard this November, even in the face of a pandemic,” said Governor Newsom.
“As the demonstrations across the country remind us, civic participation is critical to our democracy. If we are to address the racial inequities that exist in our institutions, policies, and representation, we must ensure that all eligible Californians have an opportunity to safely cast their ballot,” he added.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the executive order ensures in-person voting opportunities are available in sufficient numbers to maintain physical distancing, said the press statement from the Governor’s Office.
It requires counties that are unable to comply with current law to provide three days of early voting starting Saturday before election day and requires ballot drop-box locations be available between October 6 and November 3.
California is aiming for a ratio of one voting location for every 10,000 registered voters. This will allow other counties to consolidate.
Last month, he also signed an executive order requiring county elections officials to send vote-by-mail ballots to Californians registered to vote in the General Election.