CA general election to happen Nov. 3, Gov. Gavin Newsom says

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring a statewide general election Nov. 3 and signed an executive order Tuesday outlining guidelines for a safe and accessible general election.

The order ensures that sufficient numbers of in-person voting opportunities will be available to maintain physical distancing precautions for those unable to vote by mail, with at least one voting location per 10,000 registered voters. The order also requires counties to provide three days of early voting and ballot drop box locations to be available between Oct. 6 and Nov. 3

“We are committed to protecting the hard-fought right for Californians to make their voices heard this November, even in the face of a pandemic,” Newsom said in a press release. “If we are to address the racial inequities that exist in our institutions, policies and representation, we must ensure that all eligible Californians have an opportunity to safely cast their ballot.”

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