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President Trump criticizes California’s move to send mail-in ballots for November election

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) – As California continues to reopen parts of its economy, the state is facing criticism from the president on some of its practices, particularly when it comes to the upcoming election.

President Donald Trump sent a string of tweets Tuesday attacking California’s move to send mail-in ballots for November’s general election to all registered voters in the state.

The president tweeting in part:

“There is NO WAY that mail in ballots will be anything less  than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged and even illegally printed out and fraudulently signed.”

Governor Newsom, responding to the tweet Tuesday, saying there’s no evidence of major fraud in vote-by-mail elections, listing off a series of studies and states supporting his decision to allow all registered voters in California to vote by mail.

“It doesn’t skew Democrat, it doesn’t skew Republican. We’re just focusing on public health,” Newsom said.

Governor Newsom signed the executive order authorizing the move in response to the pandemic, but it does not make the election vote-by mail only. 

State officials say they are working on a plan to have safe, in person polling.

“We are not even through Phase 1 of this pandemic and the reality is when we come into the next flu season, potentially the next COVID-19 season, it’s around election time. And the last thing we want to do is deny you your fundamental right,” Newsom said.

While the president and governor have remained cordial in their joint coronavirus response, more than 70 lawsuits on other issues are still pending between California and the federal government.

Newsom suggests he’s not concerned with potential legal challenges that might come up as the two respond to the coronavirus and its economic effects.

“We could temper our comments on the other side, though I recognize, we’re in political season,” Newsom said.

Election officials are set to start mailing ballots near the end of September.

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