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GOP groups sue California Gov. Newsom over vote-by-mail order for November 2020 election

Newsom
Posted at 7:31 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 22:31:13-04

State and national Republican groups are suing over Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order to send mail-in ballots to every voter in California for the November 2020 election.

The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, announced the lawsuit on Sunday through Twitter.

"His radical plan is a recipe for disaster that would create more opportunities for fraud & destroy the confidence Californians deserve to have in their elections," McDaniel's tweet read."

Organizations backing the suit include the Republican National Committee, the California Republican Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Earlier this month, Newsom signed an executive order to send every registered voter in California a mail-in ballot for the November presidential election. The order was an attempt to provide for social distancing and help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In-person voting at polling places will continue to be available for the November election, but sending out the mail-in ballots was a way to encourage people to stay home while still exercising their rights.

"There's no safer, physically distancing, healthier way to exercise your right to vote than from the safety and convenience of your own home," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said when the governor's order was announced.

Padilla said California is the first state in the nation to commit to sending everyone mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for Newsom issued a statement from his office in response to the GOP lawsuit: "California will continue to defend Californians' right to vote, including their right to vote by mail, and the right to hold an election that is safe, secure, and accessible. Voters shouldn't have to choose between their health and their right to vote."