Elections Amidst COVID-19

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When Governor Newsom released his executive order two weeks ago to lessen the impact of COVID-19, one of the points that he discussed was the Southern California Elections. As a result, counties must send in mail-in ballots to all the registered voters in the upcoming elections. The Orange County had already closed its voting polls, to ensure the safety of voters. According to O.C. Registrar Neal Kelley, “Pursuant to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order (N-34-20), the generalized use of in-person voting may present risks to public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and could risk undermining social distancing measures imposed by the State Public Health Officer.” (P. 3). Government official are finding ways to adjust how elections are administered so that both the right to vote and safety are equally maintained. While some states allow voters to “vote absentee”, other states make it difficult for others to choose the option, requiring voters to be out-of-town to vote absentee. The state of California will need to create a system where voters can participate in the elections but are practicing social distancing. Though two-thirds of Californians voted by mail in the 2018 election, Angelenos generally still prefer to vote in-person. With the future of this pandemic uncertain, one fact remains: “It can and will go on as scheduled”, according to Padilla. (P. 27).

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*Source Article: https://laist.com/2020/03/24/covid-19-coronavirus-voting-by-mail-expanding-in-los-angeles-california-elections.php*

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