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California recall election cost taxpayers over $200 million

California Recall Cost
Posted at 10:17 AM, Feb 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 13:17:19-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP — The election of whether to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom cost taxpayers just over $200 million.

The final tally released Thursday by the Secretary of State's office is about 28% less than what state officials had budgeted.

The state Legislature set aside just over $278 million for the Sept. 14 election. Of that, about $243 million was divided up among the state's 58 counties. However, it cost the counties $174 million to put on the election, leaving $69.5 million left over.

Nearly 62% of voters chose to keep Newsom in office. Secretary of State Shirley Weber said the recall process needs to be changed.