2020 Election

Newsom Signs Law That Lets California Counties Have Fewer Polling Places In Exchange For Opening Them Early

CBS Bay Area-


Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier.

The change follows another law Newsom signed in June requiring counties to mail ballots to every active registered voter ahead of the Nov. 3 election. It’s part of the state’s strategy to keep people from gathering at polling places and risk further spread of the coronavirus that has killed nearly 9,900 Californians.

“This November will have the most unusual election, at least in my lifetime, but there will be an election,” said state Sen. Tom Umberg, a Democrat from Santa Ana and the author of the bill.

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