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What to do if you missed the California Gubernatorial Recall Election registration deadline

The deadline for registering in the recall election was on August 30 but there are other routes Californians can take to make sure their vote counts.

California Recall Election Republican candidate Kevin Faulconer speaks about his women's empowerment plan at a news conference in Los Angeles, California on August 30, 2021.
Frederic J. BrownAFP

Governor Gavin Newsom will be facing a recall election on September 14 and his rivals are circling. The incumbent is expected to win, but voter apathy could be Newsom's downfall and give the Republicans a real boost by capturing the Democrat stronghold.

The deadline for voting passed on Monday, but for those who were late in deciding whether to use their democratic right, there is a process for late applicants, as well as young people and those who have changed address, to get to the ballot box.

How you could still be eligible to vote

A 2019 law allows 'conditional voter registration' right up until election day. In an individual's county election office, it is possible to register to vote in the 14 days prior to an election. Once the eligibility to vote has been processed, then the vote will be counted.

Despite the video below being from the presidential election from 2020, the points are still valid for the upcoming recall election.

The conditional voter registration is useful for people who have changed their personal details or address since the last election. People who will turn 18 years old up until September 14 can also request a conditional voter registration form.

Early voting locations can be found here and the location of polling stations can be found here, where conditional voter forms can be found on election day.

California's Golden State Stimulus

What will the ballot read?

The ballot will ask voters two questions:

  1. Do you want to recall Governor Newsom?
  2. 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 regard to the second question will replace Gov. Newsom.

Voters can decide to respond to one, both, or neither of the questions, depending on their preferences.


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