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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1145209

Reported Deaths: 18862
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3741347497
San Bernardino875421129
Riverside821751417
San Diego74361984
Orange719531556
Kern39437445
Fresno36688477
Sacramento34186550
Santa Clara31603467
Alameda27857499
San Joaquin24804504
Contra Costa22747258
Stanislaus20932420
Tulare19882304
Ventura18480175
Imperial15568355
San Francisco14662158
Monterey14265115
San Mateo13561170
Sonoma11608155
Merced11388179
Santa Barbara10944133
Kings1025987
Solano974581
Marin7596129
Placer614868
Madera593883
San Luis Obispo581135
Shasta447043
Yolo436374
Santa Cruz400328
Butte376559
Sutter294814
Napa281117
El Dorado20184
Yuba186610
San Benito176716
Lassen17153
Tehama152623
Mendocino144122
Nevada11319
Glenn8537
Lake84519
Tuolumne8068
Humboldt8019
Colusa6636
Siskiyou5652
Mono5073
Amador45716
Calaveras43421
Del Norte2961
Inyo28016
Plumas1810
Trinity1240
Mariposa1202
Modoc1180
Alpine420
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 50°
Oroville
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 50°
Paradise
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 50°
Chester
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 30°
Red Bluff
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 50°
Willows
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 50°
Tuesday was another beautiful day for northern California as a cold front began to bear down on the West Coast. We can expect increasing clouds late tonight, stronger breezes, and a chance for mountain rain and snow showers.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events