Capitol Alert

Jerry Brown signs mail-by ballot bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation allowing mail ballots to be counted in elections if they are postmarked by Election Day and received within three days afterward, his office said Friday.

Senate Bill 29, by Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, was approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature largely on partisan lines. Proponents said thousands of mail ballots arrive in the days immediately after Election Day and could be counted with the change to a mail-by date.

Opponents cited the potential for voter fraud.

“If you want to talk about disenfranchising voters, when you allow illegal votes to be cast that disenfranchising the civil rights of those who participate in the election fairly,” Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, said during debate this year on the Assembly floor.

The Democratic governor signed the measure without comment.