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Election News Updates

The following is information regarding proposed changes to California’s ballot procedures for the general election in November 2020.

May 8
Governor Newsom signs Executive Order # N-64-20

This Executive Order mandates that all California Voters receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the November 3rd presidential election. This order would require county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter in California. 

While plans are still being formulated we know there will not be traditional polling places for this election. Voters can choose to return their ballot by mail (county is paying for the postage), at one of the many drop boxes around the county or in person at one of the established voting locations.

We will keep you updated with more information about the location and dates of operation for the voting locations as the County Elections Office develops their plan.

May 21 and 24
Lawsuits were filed in United States District Court by California

These lawsuits were filed by businessman and politician Darrell Issa and the Republican National Committee against Governor Gavin Newsom and Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The lawsuits are requesting a permanent injunction against the implementation of the governor’s executive order.

June 3
Governor Newsom signs Executive Erder # N-67-20

This Executive Order detailed the requirements for in-person voting locations, ballot drop boxes and clarifying language from the prior executive order. The requirements are as follows:

      • At least 1 in-person voting location for every 10,000 voters.
      • In-person voting locations will be open from Saturday, October 31 to Monday, November 2 for least 8 hours per day.
      • In-person voting locations will be open on Tuesday, November 3 from 7am to 8 pm.
      • Ballot drop off boxes are required at a rate of at least 1 for every 15,000 voters and will be open during regular business hours beginning at 9:00 am on Tuesday, October 6 through the close of voting on Tuesday, November 3.
      • At least one ballot drop off box will be accessible to the public for 12 hours per day beginning on Tuesday October 6 and continuing through the close of voting on Tuesday, November 3.  
      • Elections Official are required to use the Secretary of State ballot tracking system and Intelligent Mail Barcodes on all vote-by-mail envelopes.    
      • Elections Officials must develop an implementation plan, post it on the County’s website and take public comment on the draft plan for at least 10 days. 
      • Counties are encouraged to exceed the minimum requirements imposed by this order to maximize voter participation in the election.

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