Newsom Signs Executive Order on November Election, Includes COVID-19 Safeguards

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday issued Executive Order N-67-20 related to the November 3, 2020, General Election. The executive order ensure in-person voting opportunities are available in sufficient numbers to maintain physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and requires counties that are unable to comply with current law to provide three days of early voting starting the Saturday before election day and requires ballot drop-box locations be available between October 6 and November 3. The order further allows counties to consolidate voting locations with at least one voting location per 10,000 registered voters.

In issuing the order, the Newsom Administration further indicated it continues to work with the Legislature, the Secretary of State, and county elections officials on voter education and outreach and other topics to preserve public health and provide counties needed flexibility.