Press Release

Thursday, June 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO — California will take the unprecedented step of mailing a ballot to every active registered voter this fall after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Thursday intended to protect the November election against potential disruption by the coronavirus pandemic.

AB860 will also require county officials to count any ballot that is received within 17 days of the election, as long as it’s postmarked by election day. That’s two weeks longer than under current law, which sets a cutoff of the Friday after the election.

Newsom, who signed the bill without comment, tried to enact a similar mandate through executive order last month. His order requiring counties to send a mail ballot to every voter faces a legal challenge.

The changes do not remove the option to cast a ballot in person and would be in effect only for the 2020 general election.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The California State Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 860, authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), which would require county elections officials to mail active registered voters a ballot for the General Election this November. The bill cleared its final hurdle in the Legislature today, passing out of the Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. AB 860 now awaits Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The San Diego County Office of Education, along with the California Department of Education, announced a free suicide prevention training program Wednesday available online to middle and high school staff and students throughout the state.

“The COVID-19 pandemic not only disrupted the academic lives of our students and families, but it may have contributed to emotional and mental health challenges that some of our students struggle with,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “It is important that students know that they have someone to turn to within their school community when they are feeling overwhelmed. Providing this specialized training to school staff and peers can not only be utilized to support students in crisis during the critical time we are in now, but any time a student is feeling despondent, stressful, and alone.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the San Diego County Office of Education, is launching a free online suicide prevention training program available to middle and high school staff and students throughout the state.

Friday, June 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) and Senator Tom Umberg (D-Orange County) released the following statements in response to Sutter County Superior Court Judge Perry Parker’s issuance of a temporary restraining order blocking Governor Newsom’s recent executive order that requires California voters to be mailed vote-by-mail ballots for the November General election and requires counties to make available a minimum number of polling places for voters to vote in person:

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020

As California inches closer to the November election, new survey results suggest that nearly three-quarters of likely voters support a move to mail-in ballots opposed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders.

The Public Policy Institute of California’s latest survey, which polled 1,706 adults statewide in late May, shows an “overwhelming majority” support such a policy.

Voters’ views differ by political party, however.

Results show 94 percent of registered Democrats surveyed think the move is a “good idea.” Among Republicans, 58 percent say it’s a “bad idea,” while 37 percent support it.

“I think that the numbers reflect the political polarization that exists on so many issues involving elections and public policy in California,” said Mark Baldassare, who oversees the survey and heads the institute. “My takeaway is that you’re seeing overwhelming support for the concept,” he said.