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Mail voting starts Aug. 16. Election Day is Sept. 14.
Keep California blue!
A Republican minority — bolstered by millions of out-of-state dollars — has forced a special election asking Californians to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Trump allies, QAnoners, conspiracy theorists, and anti-vaxxers have banded together to recall California’s Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom. Since 2019, the Governor has been hard at work serving California families. This recall election can cost California taxpayers up to $400,000,000– just one year before Governor Newsom is up for re-election. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he created policy that ensured equitable vaccine distribution, protected families from eviction, and provided billions in direct relief to individuals and struggling small businesses. The date of the recall has been officially announced: September 14th. Since vote-by-mail ballots begin to drop on August 14th, there is no time to waste!
vote NO on question 1
Information on the Recall
Gubernatorial Recall Ballot
- What does a recall ballot look like?
- Recall ballots have two parts.
- In the first part, voters would have the option to vote “yes” or “no” to the question of whether to remove the Governor from office.
- In the second part, the voter would have an opportunity to select a replacement candidate, and those votes for a successor candidate would only be counted if more than 50% of voters casting ballots in the recall election vote to recall the Governor.
- Recall ballots have two parts.
- Will a replacement candidate’s political party preference and occupation be noted on a recall ballot?
- Yes. A replacement candidate’s political party preference will be included on the ballot along with their occupation, if a ballot designation worksheet has been filed with their county elections official and the candidate’s ballot designation has been approved by the Secretary of State.
- Who can vote in a gubernatorial recall election?
- Any California registered voter may vote in a gubernatorial recall election.
- Will every active registered voter be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot?
- Yes. Every active registered voter will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot for the recall election. Counties will begin to mail vote-by-mail ballots approximately 29 days before Election Day.
- Recall ballots have two parts. Must voters vote on both parts of the recall ballot?
- No. Voters can vote on either one or both parts of the recall ballot. A voter can vote “no” to the question of removing the current elected officer from office and also select a replacement candidate.
- What happens after the recall election?
- If a majority of the voters vote “yes” on the first question, then the recall is successful. The replacement candidate who gets the most votes is elected for the unexpired term of office.
- If a majority of the voters vote “no” on the first question, then the recall has failed and the officer will remain in office.
BUT NOT EVERYONE KNOWS OR CARES ABOUT THE RECALL!
“I spoke with a young man who knew precious little about the recall. As a result, he hadn’t decided if he was going to bother to vote. This is from a REGULAR REGISTERED AND ACTIVE VOTER. I explained to him that outside moneyed interests supported by extreme far right GOP organizations are funding the recall (in addition to CA taxpayers) of our governor who won his election with over 60% of the vote. The GOP can unseat him with as little as 10% of the vote. That is not democracy. That is overturning the will of the people. That woke him up; he was so startled by what I had just told him, that his jaw dropped. He had no idea. Because no one is telling him, beyond a 63-year-old stranger from Sacramento who happened to knock on his door. WTAF. Because he seemed fairly knowledgeable, I went on to tell him that if and when we have a GOP Governor, it will be only a matter of time before Feinstein steps down (or worse), and she is replaced with a GOP Senator, which means we lose our slim majority in the Senate, as well. He was literally dumbfounded. And assured me he would oppose the recall.”
“Democrats, at least in the middle of July, almost unanimously believed that Newsom will defeat the recall. I think that may be contributing to some complacency among those voters. Republicans, on the other hand, are confident that they can turn out the governor,” DiCamillo said. “I think the Newsom campaign really has to light a fire among the Democrats and say, ‘Look, the outcome is in jeopardy unless you get out there and vote.’”
Though Republicans account for only about a quarter of all registered voters in California, the poll found that they account for 33% of those most likely to cast ballots in the recall election. Democrats make up 46% of the state’s 22 million voters and “no party preference” voters 24%, but their share of the likely recall voters drops to 42% and 18% respectively, DiCamillo said.
“Gavin Newsom is in serious trouble at this time because his base of voters is not motivated to come out and support him,” said Dave Gilliard, one of the political strategists leading the effort to oust Newsom.”
Ways to Get Involved
- Phone banks: https://www.mobilize.us/grassrootsdemocratslahq/event/401104/
- Postcards: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKUjcFFnhmFok9PgD2RYq5lUgbq9ZFTsEqVuGJlM-LXit2Nw/viewform
- Grassroots Dems HQ has a toolkit with a yard sign link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PVDfdeEh0BRJjVDvBFbUlFmjFVVn-tVA8oYQZG0oAr8/edit