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Butte County pushes for mail-in only ballots for presidential election

Voting in Butte County may be mail-in only for the presidential election come November. Action News Now Brandon Benitez reports.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 6:04 AM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 9:22 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Voting in Butte County may be mail-in only for the presidential election come November.

Butte County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter to the governor, supporting mail-in only ballots statewide in the next election due to the coronavirus.

The agenda item in Butte County shows that county clerk Candace Grubbs is asking the board to adopt a resolution of support. It says some of the polling sites in the county and many staff have indicated they will not serve in November because of the virus.

“Vote by mail is perhaps one of the greatest freedoms there is," Butte County Supervisor, Debra Lucero said. "You can vote at your dining room table, you can vote in your car, you could go have a dinner party and vote.”

"As we look at the voting model that we've previously used, we are needing to look at the possibility of.. okay we have folks that are still sheltering in place, how do we conduct voting in a way that is the least risk to the health and safety of our citizens." Butte County Supervisor, Tami Ritter said.

Lucero is also open to the idea of electronic voting like through an app for example.

This could help because another concern is that many of the staff at Voter Assistance Centers are over 60 and following stay-at-home orders.

Tehama County is also considering vote by mail only come Nov 9.

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