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Recall Newsom effort has enough signatures to make ballot

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 20:26:03-04

Organizers of the recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The California secretary of state’s office announced Monday that more than 1.6 million signatures had been verified, about 100,000 more than needed to force a vote on the first-term Democrat.

An election is likely in the fall when voters would face two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? The votes on the second question will only be counted if more than half say yes to the first.

Last week, Caitlyn Jenner joined the list of candidates running to replace Newsom. In 2003, voters recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to the California Secretary of State's office: "Since 1913, there have been 55 recall attempts of state elected governors in California. There has only been one successful recall and that was Gray Davis (D) in 2003 who was defeated and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). "

23ABC spoke with Bakersfield College Political Professor Allen Bolar about the recall effort:

23ABC Interview: Political Science Professor Allen Bolar talks about the Governor News recall

Following the announcement, former San Diego Mayor and current Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer released the following statement:

Californians from all walks of life are seizing this historic opportunity to demand change. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are coming together to support this recall and get our state back on track. As the only candidate who's won tough elections and enacted real reform, I am ready to lead this movement. Together, we will turn the page on Gavin Newsom's failures and begin a California Comeback to reopen our schools, cut taxes for working families, and create jobs for the people of our state.

  • Kern County: 57,101 Submitted Signatures, 49,360 Valid Signatures
  • Los Angeles County: 328,224 Submitted Signatures, 264,409 Valid Signatures
  • Orange County: 285,452 Submitted Signatures, 215,714 Valid Signatures
  • San Diego County: 238,097 Submitted Signatures, 156,869 Valid Signatures
  • Riverside County: 186,806 Submitted Signatures, 146,610 Valid Signatures
  • San Bernardino County: 130,382 Submitted Signatures, 74,602 Valid Signatures

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