For the November 2020 Presidential General Election, there is a greater emphasis on the vote-by-mail option as a result of COVID-19 concerns with public gatherings. On June 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 860, which mandates that each registered voter in the State of California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 election.

Voting by mail in California is not new. In the past, it has been referred to as an “absentee ballot.” In fact, approximately 70 percent of San Bernardino County voters requested a mail-in ballot for the March 2020 Presidential Primary election.