By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: California Secretary of State (Information):
California: Voters across California will head to the polls on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 to decide whether they want their current Governor Gavin Newsom to remain in office or be recalled and vote for somebody else to become their next California governor.
The California Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing recalls for state officers, including for constitutional offices (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, etc.), state legislators, and justices of the Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Local recalls are overseen by county or city elections officials.
The recall process is outlined in the California Constitution (Article II, Sections 13-19) and the California Elections Code (Sections 11000-11110, 11300-11386).
***** The following is a few frequently asked questions regarding the California’s Gubernatorial Recall Election 2021: *****
*** Gubernatorial Recall Ballot: ***
– What does a recall ballot look like?
The September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election ballot will have two parts.
There will be a recall question presented on the ballot:
“Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?
Following that recall question, all qualified replacement candidates for the office of governor will be listed.
The candidates may list their qualified political party preference, or lack of qualified party preference, as well as their ballot designation (if the candidate chooses to provide that information) describing their principal occupations(s), profession(s), and/or vocation(s).
The Certified List of Candidates can be found on our website at:
Write-in replacement candidates for the office of governor can also run in the California Gubernatorial Recall Election.
The Certified List of Write-in Candidates will be available on September 3, 2021.
If a majority of the votes on the recall question are “Yes,” Governor Newsom shall be removed from office and the replacement candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected for the remainder of the governor’s term of office (ending January 2, 2023).
If one-half or more of the votes on the recall question are “No,” Governor Newsom shall remain in office.
(Cal. Const., art. II, § 15(c); Elec. Code, §§ 11320, 11322)
– 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.
– Will initiatives or referenda appear on a gubernatorial recall ballot?
No. Initiatives and referenda will not appear on the gubernatorial recall ballot. Under Sections 8(c) and 9(c) of Article II of the California Constitution, only the Governor may call a special election that would place an initiative or referendum on the ballot. Under Section 17 of Article II of the California Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor is authorized to issue a proclamation for the recall election only.
In addition, the Secretary of State can only place an initiative on a ballot that has qualified at least 131 days before a regularly scheduled statewide general election or a special election held before that election. (Cal. Const., art. II, § 8(c)) Since recall elections are called 60 to 80 days before the recall election occurs, there is not enough time to place an initiative on a recall ballot.
– 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 was filed with their county elections official and the candidate’s ballot designation was approved by the Secretary of State.
*** Voters: ***
– Who can vote in a gubernatorial recall election?
Any California registered voter may vote in a gubernatorial recall election.
To check your voter registration status, go to:
If you need to update your voter registration or find out if you are eligible to register to vote, you can visit our California Online Voter Registration page at:
– 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.
*** Voter Information Guides: ***
– Will the Secretary of State mail an Official State Voter Information Guide for a recall election?
Yes. An Official State Voter Information Guide will be mailed to every active registered voter household in the State. The Official State Voter Information Guide will have information on the statewide recall election.
– Will counties mail county voter information guides for a recall election?
Yes. A county voter information guide will be mailed to every active California registered voter. Some counties include this guide in the same packet with a voter’s vote-by-mail ballot. County voter information guides will provide information on polling locations, a sample of the ballot, and other helpful voter information.
– Will there be candidate statements for the replacement candidates?
Yes. A replacement candidate may purchase space for a statement up to 250 words in the Official State Voter Information Guide, if they accept the voluntary expenditure limits to run as a candidate. The current voluntary expenditure limit to run for Governor is $9,728,000.
The deadline for candidates to purchase space for a statement was July 16, 2021. Information on the candidate statement process may be found here:
In addition, the list of candidates who have accepted the voluntary expenditure limit may be found here:
*** After Election Day: ***
– What happens after the recall election?
If a majority of the voters vote “yes” on the first question, then the recall is successful and Governor Newsom will removed from office. The replacement candidate who gets the most votes is elected for the remainder of the term of office (through January 2, 2023).
If 50% or more of the voters vote “no” on the first question, then the recall has failed and the Governor Newsom will remain in office.
– If Governor Newsom is recalled, when would a new governor take office?
County elections officials have 30 days after the election to complete the official canvass. On the 38th day after the election, if the recall is successful, the Secretary of State will certify the election results, and the new governor would take the oath of office and assume the position for the remainder of the term (through January 2, 2023).
– Has a California Governor ever been recalled?
Since the people added the power of the initiative, referendum, and recall to the California Constitution in 1911, there have been 54 previous attempts to recall California Governors. Only one Governor has been recalled – Gray Davis in 2003.
*** For more information regarding California’s Gubernatorial Recall Election 2021, please go to the California Secretary of State websites at: ***
Good luck everybody, and go out and vote during the California’s Gubernatorial Recall Election.