March 5, 2020

Response to Secretary Padilla's Vote-By-Mail directive to LA County

LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez responds to Secretary of State Alex Padilla's call for mandatory Vote-By-Mail Ballots in LA County for the General Election

Nation's largest county Democratic Party responds to Secretary Padilla's call for mandatory vote-by-mail ballots

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA --  In response to Secretary Padilla's latest statement on vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming general election in LA County, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement: 

"I    welcome the call from Secretary Padilla to the LA County Registrar's office to mail every registered voter in our county a mail-in ballot for the 2020 General Election - 30 days prior to the election. There's a difference between voter suppression, and unintentionally suppressing the vote, and unlike our Republican colleagues across the country, we should be doing everything we can to ensure that all Angelenos can exercise their right to vote. From same-day voter registration, paid return postage, voter pre-registration and more, we continue to be a leader in this area. However, barriers like the ones thousands of voters experienced on Primary Day due to the new voting machines is unacceptable. We look forward to continuing to work with the Registrar's office improve our election system over the next few months."