The conservative government watchdog Judicial Watch and former Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) are suing California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) over his vote-by-mail executive order.
Newsom’s order would allow all voters in California to vote by mail in the November elections, whether or not they had requested. (The Hill)
The complaint argues the move by Newsom “is an unlawful attempt to supersede and replace California election law.”
The plaintiffs cite California’s Voter’s Choice Act, which sets requirements for counties to satisfy before they are able to conduct mail-in voting and argue Newsom’s directive jumps over those safeguards, inviting fraud.
The governor and most Democrats have been a proponent of mail-in voting to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Judicial Watch, which filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Sacramento on behalf of Issa, argues that the governor’s directive could hurt the former San Diego–area congressman’s campaign.