Support growing to mail all ballots in California elections

Posted at 7:06 AM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 10:06:44-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California leaders are considering making voting by mail a permanent option for all registered voters.

This year, the state required county elections officials to mail a ballot to all registered voters ahead of the election, for an extra cost of about $65 million. The goal was to have fewer people vote in person because of the coronavirus.

Nearly 60% of registered voters cast ballots before Election Day. Now, the state's Democratic leaders are considering making it a permanent option.

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon have endorsed the idea. Lawmakers would have to figure out how to pay for it.