Assembly Approves Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Pre-Paid Postage for Mail Ballots Legislation
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won approval of her legislation that would require county election officials to distribute vote-by-mail ballots with the postage already paid. Assembly Bill 216 passed the full Assembly on a vote of 48-1.
“We need to be making voting easier for Californians. Nobody should be disenfranchised because they forgot to put a stamp on their ballot, and nobody should have to spend $10 on stamps simply to exercise their right to vote. Sending out ballots with pre-paid postage is common sense,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said.
Voting by mail is an increasingly common practice in California. In the 2016 General Election, more than 5 million Californians voted by mail, approximately 59 percent of the total votes cast. That number is set to rise dramatically over the next few election cycles with the implementation of the SB 450 pilot project authorizing 14 counties in California to conduct elections through a combination of mail ballots and vote centers.
For more information on AB 216, or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact John Vigna at (916) 319-2080 or (916) 212-0357.