CALIFORNIA RECALL ELECTION
When is the California Gubernatorial Recall Election? How will it work?
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a state-wide recall election on 14 September. Read more on how to vote, the ballot, and the contenders.
Newsom is not alone in his subjugation to a recall election, Gov. Gray Davis faced a similar fate in 2003, leading to the governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
On the voters' decision to keep or recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, the latest numbers show a 1.2% difference. https://t.co/NFqluAcbsM— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) August 25, 2021
Voting Process and Ballots
Last year that state passed a law that mandates mail-in ballots be sent to all registered voters for each election the state holds.
Registered voters in the Golden State began receiving ballots for the election on 16 August but will also have the chance to cast thier vote in person in just a few short weeks.
Election Day for the 2021 CA Recall is fast approaching. If you want the chance to participate, make sure your registration is up-to-date. The last day to register to vote easily online is August 30th.— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) August 5, 2021
What will the ballot read?
The ballot will ask voters two questions:
- Do you want to recall Governor Newsom?
- If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?
The Governor will be allowed to remain in office if 50 percent or more of voters vote NO in response to the first question.
If the YES votes receive the majority, then the person with the most votes in regards to the second question will replace Gov. Newsom.
Voters can decide to respond to one, bother, or neither of the questions, depending on their preferences.
California's Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a multitude of challengers in the upcoming recall election, but apathy among Democratic voters may be his greatest political threat. https://t.co/eJrtcTMxe6 pic.twitter.com/Fi3YLdhhql— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 10, 2021
Who are the top contenders challenging Gov. Newsom?
Forty-six candidates have successfully qualified for the recall election. The majority are Republicans, with a sprinkling of Democrats, Greens, and non-affiliated individuals
According to the polling, the candidates that have gained the greatest popularity are Larry Elder (Republican), Kevin Paffrath (Democrat), and John H. Cox (Republican). Mr. Elder’s lead is more than double that of the next favored candidate.
Larry Elder is an attorney and conservative radio host based in Los Angles.
However, the most recent polling collected and reviewed by FiveThirtyEight, shows that Gov. Newsom is favored to win the recall.
The three polls conducted in August show:
- Change Research -- Keep +12
- YouGov -- Keep +4
- Survey USA -- Remove +9.
While these results seem to show that Gov. Newsom is projected to remain in power, the faith of US voters in polls has decreased since the 2016 election.
Additionally, then-Governor Gray Davis was also poised to win his recall election and in the end, he was kicked out of the Governor’s Mansion by the voters.
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