California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) unveiled a new executive order Friday that requires county officials to provide all registered voters with mail-in ballots and paid postage for the 2020 presidential election.
Newsom cited concerns about the potential health risks associated with in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic. As Townhall reports:
“[T]here is a lot of concern and anxiety around this November’s election in terms of making sure that you can conduct yourself in a safe way,” Newsom asserted.
In California, a state of nearly 40 million people, around 2500 have died from COVID-19. (RELATED: The Latest COVID Hot Spots as America Begins to Reopen)
Newsom’s order has raised concerns among Republicans about the potential for voter fraud — especially as other states are considering implementing vote-by-mail policies for November.
Reporting from Fox News indicates that a legal challenge could be on the horizon:
The Republican National Committee said it is reviewing its legal options “to ensure the integrity of the election.”
“To mail out millions of ballots to voter rolls have proven to contain alarming errors throughout the state is not a task that these Democrats can adequately manage or safely execute,” Jessica Millan Patterson, chairman of the California Republican Party, said in a statement.