The effort to recall Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom officially reached the requisite number of signatures to land on the ballot later this year, according to a Monday announcement from the California secretary of state’s office.
California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber said that the threshold of verified signatures reported by counties — set at 1,495,709 — had been met. According to the latest update, 1,626,042 signatures have been submitted and verified according to Fox News.
“This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition,” Weber said in a statement. “A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.”
While Newsom will likely face a recall, its not official just yet. Counties still have until April 29 to submit the rest of the verified signatures and that will then be followed by a 30-day period where people can withdraw their signatures.
Former State Senator Democrat Don Perata has launched an effort — called “Stop the Steal” — to encourage people to remove their names from the petition. However, even Newsom’s team believes it is unlikely the effort will ultimately be successful in blocking the recall.
The recall ballot would ask voters to choose “yes” or “no” on the question of removing Newsom from office, followed by a selection of replacement candidates. More than 50% of voters would be required to “yes” to remove him. Then, the candidate with the most votes is elected governor.
Newsom’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the states residents to recall him. California has had some of the most limiting restrictions in the nation, but Newsom has been seen on multiple occasions violating his own draconian lockdowns.
Last year photos emerged showing him dining maskless indoors with friends at The French Laundry, an expensive Napa Valley restaurant that charges $1,200 per person for a one-of-a-kind multi-course dinner.
The state government has also met with outrage regarding its treatment of churches in the name of public health, such as Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in Los Angeles or North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, which pleaded for Newsom to relent after they were fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for meeting in their building.
One of Newsom’s potential challengers includes Caitlyn Jenner, who filed paperwork to run for governor of California on Friday and rolled out a new website, confirming rumors that the transgender activist, reality TV star, and former Olympian intends to replace Newsom.
“California has been my home for nearly 50 years,” Jenner said in a statement. “I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into a reality. But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”
Other individuals who are running include businessman John Cox, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former Rep. Doug Ose.
In a statement on Monday, Faulconer pointed to Newsom’s policies as a reason Californians are being “forced to leave their home state in droves” after the state lost a seat in the House of Representatives based on the updated 2020 Census data.
“Gavin Newsom’s policies have been an assault on affordability and livability for families across this state. Californians are being forced to leave their home state in droves because they can’t stomach the cost of living, and now – after a century of growth that made California the best place to live – we are losing a Congressional Seat. California has become the land of broken promises. That’s going to change when we recall Newsom this year.”
The last California governor to face a recall election was Gray Davis in 2003, a Democrat who was ultimately replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Author: Raymond Wallen