California recall has enough signatures to make ballot

California recall has enough signatures to make ballot

Gavin Newsom has received the necessary number of verified signatures to trigger a recall election later this year.

If Newsom survives the recall he will be up for reelection in 2022.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) will nearly certainly face a recall election later this year, after Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced Monday afternoon that the signature threshold had been reached. But the recall has been fueled by anger over the restrictions he put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus throughout past year and during an alarming surge in cases during the winter holiday months. Failing schools. Independent contractors thrown out of work.

But the coronavirus pandemic took a political toll on the governor, even though recent public opinion polls have found that only 40 percent of state voters would cast ballots to recall him. The group running the signature drive - Recall Gavin 2020 - posted a lengthy list of grievances against the governor on its website: "Unaffordable housing". Only 4 in 10 likely voters said they would vote to remove him in a recall, while 56% said they would vote no and 5% are unsure. If enough do - a very, very long shot - the question will not make the ballot. The California secretary of state's office said more than 1.6 million signatures had been deemed valid as of Monday, about 100,000 more than required.

The campaign collected more than 1.6 million verified signatures, according to the secretary of state's office.

An election is likely in the fall where voters would face two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him?

It remains unclear when the election will be held.

The announcement kicks off a 30-business-day period in which those who signed the recall petition may withdraw their names.

Weber was recently appointed secretary of state by Newsom, who had to fill the vacancy left when he sent Alex Padilla to Washington to replace Vice President Kamala Harris as California's junior senator.

Republicans running to replace Newsom include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and reality TV star and former Olympic decathlon champion Caitlyn Jenner, who has never run for elected office.

Dozens of other candidates, serious and not, are expected to enter the race. The ballot will pose two related questions: Should Newsom be recalled? Newsom is not allowed to appear on the list of replacement candidates. By law, Newsom is not permitted to add his name to the ballot as an option.

The only other time a governor has faced a recall election was in 2003, when Democrat Gray Davis was voted out and replaced with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

California Republicans, who are outnumbered by Democrats by almost 2 to 1 in the Golden State, welcomed the prospect of a fierce campaign ahead on Monday, predicting that the recall would be supported by voters "across political parties and a range of diverse constituencies".

Newsom apologized for the dinner and said at the time: 'I made a bad mistake.

Newsom's pandemic actions tipped the recall effort over the edge, especially after he was caught last fall dining at a fancy restaurant for a lobbyist's birthday while urging residents to stay home.

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