SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order for every registered voter in California to get a mail-in ballot for the November election.
The governor made the announcement during his daily briefing on Friday.
He said they will also put together a plan for physical election locations for those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the vote-by-mail setup.
The order is part of the state’s effort to maintain voter participation while reducing the spread of COVID-19.
This makes California the first state in the nation to send every voter a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“This election is slated to be the most consequential election of our lifetime,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “We remain committed to providing as many safe, in-person opportunities to vote as possible on and before Election Day.”
Postage on ballots will be pre-paid, Padilla said.