California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) just issued an executive order that permits all residents of the state to vote by mail in the 2020 election, sparking backlash from the Trump campaign.
Newsom announced the order on Friday, confirming that he “signed an executive order that will allow every registered voter in California to receive a mail-in ballot.”
However, Newsom added the caveat that the mail-in ballots will not be an “exclusive substitute” for in-person voting sites, adding that people that are “unfamiliar” or “uncomfortable” with mail-in ballots will still be able to visit physical polling locations.
The former San Francisco mayor justified the highly controversial order by saying that mail-in options give voters “the opportunity … to not to feel like they have to go into a concentrated, dense environment where their health may be at risk.”
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh slammed Newsom’s decision in a statement, calling it a “thinly-veiled political tactic” that will “undermine election security.”
Trump himself has been highly critical of the Democrat-led push for mail voting, saying in early April that “I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting. I think people should vote with ID, with Voter ID.”
A Rassmussen survey released in late April found that 58 percent of American voters are concerned about the potential for a spike in voter fraud that mail-in ballots could invite.