California sets in-person voting rules under COVID-19 threat

San Diego election ballot mail
Posted at 2:30 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 17:30:09-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is sending every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November election, but the state will also establish hundreds of locations for people who want — or need — to vote in-person.

The decision to send every voter a mail-in ballot was prompted last month by health concerns tied to the coronavirus.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state will also have a range of options for in-person voting. Counties must open a minimum of one in-person voting location for every 10,000 voters beginning the Saturday before Election Day. In-person voting locations must also allow voters to maintain physical distancing.


The executive order will also require ballot drop-box locations be available between Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. In-person voting sites will be available in county elections offices starting 29 days before Election Day.

Republicans have been critical of the state's plans for November.