Newsom Recall Effort Takes Critical Step Toward Ballot
The California Secretary of State’s office says organizers of a petition drive to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom filed enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot:
California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber has announced that the threshold of verified signatures reported by counties has been met for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom. The valid signatures in the 10th report are 1,626,042, which exceeds the total of 1,495,709 signatures required. Counties still have until April 29th to verify the validity of any remaining signatures.
But before the measure becomes official, there’s one more step:
“This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition,” Secretary Weber said. “A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.”
If the recall clears that administrative hurdle, the wheels of bureaucracy turn to cost estimates and an official date for the election:
If after this period the recall election still has a sufficient number of signatures, the Department of Finance will have 30 business days to estimate the cost of the recall election. Following that, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will have 30 calendar days to review and comment on those estimates before the Lieutenant Governor sets the date for the recall election.
There has only been one successful recall election in California history. In 2003, voters recalled then-Gov. Gray Davis, and replaced him with Arnold Schwarzenegger.