California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Friday to permit vote-by-mail procedures to be used in three upcoming special elections, “protecting public health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Newsom’s order also allows the Presidential Primary ballot counting to continue beyond the April 10 deadline, “reporting of the official canvas results remain outstanding and ongoing.”
California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced on March 3, Primary Election Day, “State law gives county elections officials up to 30 days after Election Day to complete vote counting, auditing, and certification. I will certify the statewide results on Friday, April 10th. April 10th is well before the end of the national primary schedule and well before the political parties‘ nominating conventions.”
According to his press statement and order, “the governor’s order also extends the deadlines for ballot counting, tabulation, and other responsibilities related to the official canvass of California’s Presidential Primary Election that could risk undermining social distancing measures, and suspends the timeframes for public hearings required by political subdivisions that are in the process of changing from an at-large method of election to district elections.”
A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here. What could possibly go wrong?