California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recently signed an executive order allowing all of the state’s residents to vote by mail this November — and it seems the measure has the support of one of the Democratic Party’s most elite.
Breitbart reports that Hillary Clinton has expressed her support for mail-in ballots, encouraging governors around America to “follow” Newsom’s “lead” in a Friday tweet.
“I hope other governors around the country follow [Newsom’s] lead,” the former secretary of state wrote, according to Breitbart. “No voter should be forced to choose between their safety and exercising their civic duty this fall.”
“Giving them the choice”
According to CBS News, Newsom signed an executive order earlier Friday that will let California residents vote by mail. Democrats like Newsom believe that such a measure will protect against the possibility of spreading the coronavirus at voting booths this upcoming election season.
“I signed an executive order that will allow every registered voter in California to receive a mail-in ballot,” Newsom said, according to Breitbart. “That mail-in ballot is important, but it’s not an exclusive substitute to physical locations.”
The governor went on to explain that physical locations will still be open if people want to vote in-person.
“There’s a lot of concern and excitement around this November’s election in terms of making sure that you can conduct yourself in a safe way and to make sure your health is protected and to make sure we are reaching out to all registered, eligible voters,” Newsom said, according to Breitbart.
He also said he wants to give voters “the opportunity” and “the choice not to feel like they have to go into a concentrated, dense environment where their health may be at risk but provide an additional asset and additional resources by way of voting by mail,” Breitbart reported.
“A lot of people cheat”
Of course, there is a lot being left unsaid here — namely, the risk of fraud under such voting systems, an issue President Donald Trump addressed as recently as last month.
“I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,” Trump said in April, according to the Washington Examiner.
He went on: “It should be, you go to a booth, and you properly display yourself. You don’t send it in the mail where people pick up all sorts of bad things can happen by the time they sign that, if they sign that, if they sign that, by the time it gets and is tabulated. No. It should not be mailed-in.”
As Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh recently put it, Republicans fear that “mailing everyone a ballot — even those who didn’t request one — is a wide-open opportunity for fraud.” Is that a risk we’re willing to take?