California Senate OKs bill to mail ballots for fall election

The bill cleared the Senate on Thursday.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 6:04 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California state Senate has approved a measure that would guarantee all registered voters get a ballot in the mail before the November election.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has already ordered ballots to be mailed. But Republicans have sued, arguing his order is illegal.

The bill that cleared the Senate on Thursday is an attempt by lawmakers to make sure it happens anyway. Most California voters already vote by mail.

Still, some Republican state senators opposed the bill because it would let election officials count mail-in ballots if they are received within 20 days of the election instead of three days.

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