California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday stated that the variety of vote-by-mail ballots which have been returned has already well-exceeded the variety of ballots returned at this identical level within the 2016 presidential election.
“As of this morning, over 1.5 million vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned by California voters,” Padilla wrote in a press release. “This can be a huge enhance in comparison with roughly 150,000 ballots returned at this identical level within the 2016 Basic Election.”
A spokesman for Padilla’s workplace stated each figures have been based mostly on 21 days earlier than the Basic Election.
The excessive variety of mail-in-ballots in California displays nationwide developments as extra People than ever earlier than have turned to this selection in mild of the continued coronavirus pandemic.
Because of the coronavirus and issues about well being security at polling locations, California for the primary time mailed ballots for the Nov. three election to all energetic registered voters — greater than 21 million folks. The ballots include pre-paid envelopes for voters to mail again, freed from cost.
Padilla stated election officers knew the coronavirus pandemic would submit “important challenges” and which have ready accordingly.
“Extra Californians voting early will imply a safer Election Day for everybody — voters, ballot employees, and elections officers alike,” Padilla stated. “By voting early, you assist protect in-person voting for individuals who want it—together with our neighbors with disabilities, those that want language help, or those that want language help, or those that want entry to Identical Day Voter Registration.”
Controversy surfaced the weekend after state election officers obtained reviews of the unofficial poll assortment packing containers in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Orange counties.
California’s chief elections official on Monday ordered Republicans to take away unofficial poll drop packing containers from church buildings, gun retailers and different areas. State Lawyer Basic Xavier Becerra warned these behind the “vote tampering” may face prosecution.
Republicans refused, saying they’re merely making the most of California’s liberal poll assortment regulation that enables anybody to gather ballots from voters and ship them to county election workplaces.
“As of proper now, we will proceed our poll harvesting program,” California Republican Social gathering spokesman Hector Barajas stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.