Lorena Gonzalez Issues Statement on Governor’s New Vote-By-Mail Executive Action

Friday, May 8, 2020

Every Registered California Voter to Get Mail-in Ballot for November Election

SACRAMENTO – (Friday, May 8, 2020) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) made the following statement today after Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new executive order allowing every registered voter in the state to receive a mail-in ballot in November’s election, as part of the state’s effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus:

“Right now, there is no safer place for voters to cast their ballots than inside their homes. And in California—long before this pandemic—we’ve passed laws to eliminate vote-by-mail barriers, easing the path for today’s executive action by the governor to send every registered voter in the state a mail-in ballot,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “Thanks to our previous legislative efforts, postage is paid for mail-in ballots and voters are empowered to decide who can return their mail-in ballot. Along with multiple and early voting locations, these measures together will ensure all voters, particularly disenfranchised voters, are able to safely participate in the November election.”

Assemblywoman Gonzalez authored Assembly Bill 216 (2017) to make all postage on mail-in ballots in California prepaid and ensure voters are not disenfranchised for failing to put a stamp on their ballot. Understanding firsthand how the elderly and disabled were disenfranchised by previous California election rules, Gonzalez authored Assembly Bill 1921 (2016) to allow voters to decide who can turn in their ballot.

For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos: Samantha.Gallegos@asm.ca.gov