California becomes 8th U.S. state to make universal mail-in ballots permanent

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By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California on Monday became the eighth, and by far the largest, U.S. state to make universal distribution of vote-by-mail ballots permanent, a practice that became more widespread during the COVID-19-plagued 2020 election cycle. The measure requiring mail-in ballots to be routinely sent to every active registered voter from now on was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom as the centerpiece of a package of bills aimed at improving the state’s overall election system. Its enactment in one of the nation’s most heavily Democratic states, and the most pop…

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