Chairperson Lofgren Statement on Expanded Vote-By-Mail in California
San Jose, CA. – Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement applauding Governor Newsom’s executive order, which requires each county in California send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters ahead of the November 3rd election:
“Once again, California is leading by example to ensure voters can exercise their right to vote during the November election, without putting their health at risk. I thank Governor Newsom for his decision to mail every registered voter a ballot, while also preserving crucial in-person voting opportunities for individuals who are unable to vote by mail. I’m proud to have fought for universal vote-by-mail in previous iterations of coronavirus legislation and will continue working with my colleagues to make this option available to voters across America.
“Our elections are the bedrock of our democracy. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, our elections must be safe and accessible. Providing more Americans with the opportunity to vote from home is a no-brainer, and I look forward to collaborating with Governor Newsom, Secretary of State Padilla, and the legislature to ensure voters in California who cannot vote from home are afforded safe, accessible in-person voting opportunities.”
Lofgren is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration, the primary Congressional committee charged with oversight of federal elections. In March 2019, Lofgren led House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, The For the People Act, a bill which, among other things, expands access to the ballot for all eligible voters, including nationwide vote by mail for all voters who want it and expanded early voting. These provisions would protect voters during a deadly viral pandemic by reducing crowd size at polling locations. Had Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not blocked this legislation from receiving a vote, these measures would be in place today.