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Newsom Makes Mail-In Ballots Permanent in California

California temporarily extended universal vote-by-mail rules through the September recall election

Every registered voter in California will now be sent a mail-in ballot.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 37, making California the eighth state in the country to adopt this kind of legislation. 

The bill, which was authored by Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), “requires county elections officials to mail a ballot to every active registered voter for all elections, whether they request it or not. Voters can still choose to vote at physical polling locations, if they prefer. The new law will also permanently extend the time mail ballots have to arrive at elections offices from three days to seven days after an election, a practice adopted in 2020,” per The Sacramento Bee.

Newsom, who recently survived a recall election, said in a statement, “As states across our country continue to enact undemocratic voter suppression laws, California is increasing voter access, expanding voting options and bolstering elections integrity and transparency.”

“Last year we took unprecedented steps to ensure all voters had the opportunity to cast a ballot during the pandemic and today we are making those measures permanent after record-breaking participation in the 2020 presidential election,” he said.

Newsom tried to enact universal mail-in voting via executive orders during the pandemic. The Sutter County Superior Court ruled he acted beyond the powers granted to him under the California Emergency Services Act and overruled the order as unconstitutional. A permanent injunction was issued in order to prevent Newsom from repeating his actions.

“It’s no secret that Democrats have and will continue to try to manipulate election regulations for their political advantage,” California GOP Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson said in a statement. “Republicans will hold them accountable through our election integrity operations — including litigation, where appropriate — and by recruiting and supporting candidates who will provide solutions to California’s numerous challenges.”

She added, “The California Republican Party is committed to ensuring elections are safe, fair and secure, giving voters the confidence they need to cast a ballot.” 

Critics of the vote-by-mail ballots cite concerns of voter fraud, security, and election integrity. Mail-in ballots could be tampered with or illegally filled out and submitted, impacting the results of an election.

Nevada, Vermont, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Hawaii have all adopted the practice permanently 

“Like Utah, California had already begun allowing mail-in voting on a county-by-county basis pre-pandemic but expanded it to all voters in 2020. The practice was extended statewide temporarily through 2021, including the recent gubernatorial recall election,” per the Times of San Diego.

The Secretary of State’s office reported that over 87% of votes in the 2020 General Election were cast through mail-in ballots. Data shows that 2020 had the highest general election turnout rate in California since 1952, with 70% of eligible voters participating in the election.

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7 responses to “Newsom Makes Mail-In Ballots Permanent in California”

  1. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    Newsome is such an unequivocal piece of shit, it’s insane.

  2. Psychlops says:

    Gotta keep a winning strategy thats for sure

  3. NoOne123 says:

    Rest In piss and shit California! That recall was your last chance! Enjoy your shit fill streets, your ever growing homeless population, the strict mandates and lockdowns, your broken economy, your easily preventable wildfires, the rolling blackouts that don’t need to happen, the invading illegal immigrants and human trafficking, the cartel setting shop within your state, your now permanently unwinnable elections and eventually the sell off to China once we near the end of 2030!

    If you’re a republican in California, gtfo wtf are you doing bro lmfao haha go find a state that would love to put your skills to good use for the betterment of society. Stop supporting people that despise your existence. Get out of that shitstain state and let them drown.

  4. Wolv256 says:

    Fuck Republicans for not fighting this. Everyone knows they are rigging things, why do we accept this?!? Fuck these people. Stand up to them. What the Hell is wrong with everyone?!? Do you accept this? I don’t. Fucking fight!!!

  5. Toratiger says:

    “President of The New Chinese Sino-Pacifica Region” gave me a shiver.

  6. Devilsgun says:

    Swallwell: No can do. Got a res at eight-thirty at French Laundry. Great sea urchin ceviche.

    There is a stunned silence as he walks away and sits in a corner of the room, ostentatiously studying papers.

    CLOSE-UP on Gavin Newsome’s face, cold with hatred.

    Kamala: (whispering): Jesus. French Laundry? On a Friday night? How’d he swing that?

    Feinstein (whispering): I think he’s lying.

    Gavin Newsome takes out his wallet and pulls out a ballot.

    Kamala: (suddenly enthused): What’s that, an emergency declaration?

    Gavin Newsome: New mail-in ballot. What do you think?

    Feinstein lifts it up and examines the lettering carefully.

    Feinstein: Whoa. Very nice. Take a look.
    She hands it to Pelosi.

    Gavin Newsome: Picked them up from the printers yesterday.

    Pelosi: Good coloring.

    Gavin Newsome: That’s bone. And the lettering is something called Silian Rail.

    Feinstein (envious): Silian Rail?

    Pelosi: It is very cool, Gavin Newsome. But that’s nothing.

    She pulls a ballot out of her briefcase and slaps it on the

    Pelosi: Look at this.

    They all lean forward to inspect it.

    Kamala : That’s really nice.

    Gavin Newsome clenches his fists beneath the table, trying to control his anxiety.

    Pelosi: Eggshell with Romalian type.

    (Turning to Gavin Newsome)

    What do you think?

    Gavin Newsome (barely able to breathe, his voice a croak): Nice.

    Kamala: (holding the ballot up to the light): Jesus. This is really super. How’d a nitwit like you get so tasteful?

    Gavin Newsome stares at his own ballot and then enviously at Pelosi’s.

    Gavin Newsome (V.O.): I can’t believe that Kamala prefers Pelosi’s fraudulent ballot to mine.

    Kamala : But wait. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    She holds up her own ballot.

    Kamala : Raised lettering, pale nimbus white…

    Gavin Newsome (choking with anxiety): Impressive. Very nice. Let’s see Eric Swallwell’s ballot.

    Kamala pulls a ballot from Feng Feng’s inside coat pocket and holds it up for their inspection: “Eric Swallwell, Democrat. President of The New Chinese Sino-Pacifica Region.” Gavin Newsome swallows, speechless. The sound in the room dies down and all we hear is a faint heartbeat as Gavin Newsome stares at the magnificent ballot.

    Gavin Newsome (V.O.): Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark…

    His hand shaking, Gavin Newsome lifts up the ballot and stares at it
    until it fills the screen. He lets it fall. The sound returns to normal.

    Swallwell: Is something wrong? Gavin…you’re sweating.

  7. som1alive says:

    No shit, is anyone surprised?

    Man all the Trump voting californians really missed the buck on this one…