PALM SPRINGS, California. – The Secretary of State of California announced on Monday that the organizers of the petition for the recall of Governor Ginn Newsom have collected more than 1.6 million valid signatures, which is enough to qualify for the ballot.
The 1.6 million signatures are about 100,000 more than were needed to force the Democrats to vote in the first term. The ratification process will not be completed until Thursday, when district election officials have a deadline to verify the remaining signatures and report the final verification of the signature.
The people who signed the petition now have 30 days to withdraw their signatures, although they are unlikely to do so in order to stop the issue for voters.
In the recall elections, voters would face two questions. Should Newsom be recalled? Who should replace it? The votes of the second question will be counted only if more than half of them say yes to the first.
If Newsom survives the recall, it will be re-elected in 2022.
In 2003, voters recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Opponents of Newsom, frustrated by the Democratic governor’s liberal policies and approach to the COVID-19 epidemic, turned over 2 million signatures in March to call for a recall.
On Friday, Kaitlyn Enner, a former Olympic athlete who became a transgender activist and a reality TV star, announced her intention to run for Newsom.
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Others who have announced their intention to run include Republican businessman John on Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018 and ran again. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner; նախկին Former US Representative Doug Ozen, who last served in 2005.
Newcomer, who was elected governor in 2018, previously held the position of deputy governor and mayor of San Francisco.
Newsom is aggressively touring the state, talking about the progress of vaccines. He said he took the recall efforts “very seriously”, but described the motive as “the seizure of partisan political power”, the work of whites who predominate as “extreme conservatives” and proud boys.
“This election will be about two different visions for California,” said Juan Rodriguez, campaign leader on Stop the Republican Reminder. is trying to undo the significant progress we have made under Governor Newsom: fighting COVID, supporting struggling families, protecting our environment, and sound gun safety laws. “It’s just too much risk. We will win.”
But Faulkner acknowledged Monday’s news, calling it a “historic opportunity to demand change.”
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“Democrats, Republicans, independents are uniting to support this recall, to get our state on track,” he said in a statement. “As the only candidate who has won a tough election and made real reforms, I am ready to lead this movement. Together, we will turn the page on Gavin Newsom failures, launch California Comeback to reopen our schools, reduce taxes on working families, and create jobs for the people of our state. ”
Elections may be held in October or November, depending on how long the process will take.
When the withdrawn signatures are removed, if there are any expected signatures left, the Secretary of State will notify the state Treasury Department, which is consulting with election inquiry officials to plan recall of election expenses.
The proposed budget is reviewed by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which takes up to 30 days to review.
After the Committee’s 30-day monitoring and comment period, the Secretary of State will confirm that the Defenders have submitted a sufficiently valid signature, and then the Lieutenant Colonel is required to withdraw the election, which must be held for at least 60 days and no more than 80 days. days from the date of certification of sufficient signatures.
Contributed by the Associated Press
This article originally appeared on the Palm Springs Desert Sun. Gavin Newsom to withdraw vote as petition meets signature threshold