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Kern County Republican party speaks to the importance of voting in the recall election

What you need to know for recall election August 11, 2021
Posted at 5:48 PM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 00:29:21-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Several Kern County residents said they either did not realize the recall election was so close or they do not know how to vote in the recall election.

If you plan to vote in the recall election, there are some important dates you need to know.

August 16 early voting begins and ballots will be mailed to registered voters, August 17 mail ballot drop-off locations open and will stay open until September 14.

The voting registration deadline is August 30 and September 14 is election day, then the election will be certified by October 14.
23ABC reached out to both parties about the importance of voting in this election.

"I know in recent elections there was a lot of talk about voting at the polls. I think in this election so, we get an accurate count, and because it could slip people’s minds, I think it’s really important to get ballots filled out as soon as possible,” said Michael Caves, Vice-Chair for the Kern County Republican party.

Caves who is in support of the recall effort also added that you should at least vote to recall the governor despite not knowing who you want to vote for.

“If you're not sure about the second question that is the replacement candidate, I haven’t seen a candidate that would be worse than what we have now,” said Caves.

Governor Newsom tweeted about the recall Wednesday saying, "This is what’s at stake on September 14th. The progress we’ve made on vaccines could go out the window…masks could be banned -- not an exaggeration to say lives are literally on the line. Vote NO on the Republican-led recall. There’s too much at stake."

Caves also added that he believes the current poll numbers which are fairly split, shows are not just from republicans.

“These poll numbers couldn’t exist without the help of democrats and independent voters,” said Caves.

So far, no one with the democratic party has responded.

The California secretary of state’s office told 23ABC every active registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the recall election and voters will still be able to vote by mail, dropbox, or in person.