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Current Recall Efforts

Governor Gavin Newsom

Status of the Recall Effort

As of April 26, 2021, the requisite number of valid signatures were reported to the California Secretary of State to initiate the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom.

The current phase of the recall process is the 30-business day period in which voters may request county elections officials to remove their names from recall petitions. County elections officials must report any withdrawn signatures to the Secretary of State within ten business days of the end of the signature withdrawal period. The Secretary of State must then determine if the petition still has the requisite number of valid signatures to initiate a recall election.

Written signature withdrawal requests must be received by the appropriate county elections official between April 26, 2021, and June 8, 2021. County elections officials must report the total number of withdrawn signatures to the Secretary of State by June 22, 2021.

Next Steps

If it is determined that that there is not the requisite number of valid signatures, the recall effort would fail. However, if it is determined that there is still the requisite number of valid signatures to initiate a recall election, the Secretary of State must promptly notify the Department of Finance of the results. (Elec. Code, § 11108(c) and (d))

Within 30 business days of this notification, the Department of Finance consults with county elections officials and the Secretary of State to estimate the costs of the recall election and submits this estimate to the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), Governor, and the Secretary of State. (Elec. Code, § 11108(d))

The JLBC then has 30 days to review and comment on the estimate provided to them by the Department of Finance. (Elec. Code, § 11108(e))

After the JLBC’s 30-day review and comment period, the Secretary of State will certify that the proponents have submitted enough valid signatures to qualify the recall for the ballot. (Elec. Code, §§ 11108(e) and 11109)

The Lieutenant Governor is then required to call a recall election to be held not less than 60 days nor more than 80 days from the date of certification of sufficient signatures. (Cal. Const., art. II, §§ 15 and 17)

What would a recall ballot look like?

The recall ballot would have two parts. In the first part, voters would have the option to vote “yes” or “no” to the question of whether to remove the Governor from office. In the second part, the voter would have an opportunity to select a replacement candidate, and those votes for a successor candidate would only be counted if more than 50% of voters casting ballots in the recall election vote to recall the Governor. (Cal. Const., art. II, § 15(c); Elec. Code, §§ 11320, 11322)

Who can vote in a Governor recall election?

Any California registered voter may vote in a Governor recall election.

Who can run as a replacement candidate?

A replacement candidate must meet existing legal qualifications and requirements to run for the office of Governor. A candidate must be a U.S. citizen; a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time nomination papers are issued; not have been convicted of a felony involving accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes; and not have served two terms in the office since November 6, 1990. (Cal. Const., art. V, §§ 2, 9, and 11; Elec. Code, §§ 20 and 201)

Can the target of the recall effort run as a successor candidate?

No. A person subject to a recall election cannot be a candidate to succeed themselves at a recall election. (Elec. Code, § 11381(c))

What is the deadline for filing as a replacement candidate in the Governor’s recall?

The deadline to file as a replacement candidate is contingent upon the election date included in a recall election proclamation issued by the Lieutenant Governor. The County of San Luis Obispo will post a candidate manual and other information on our website for anyone wishing to run for the office of Governor once the election date and associated deadlines are set.


For more information, see California Secretary of State Current Recall Efforts


Lucia Mar Unified School District

The County of San Luis Obispo received notices of intention to recall three members of the Lucia Mar Unified School District (LMUSD) Governing Board Members. Proponents were notified May 28, 2021 that the form and wording of the proposed recall petitions meet the requirements of Elections Code Division 11, Chapter 1.


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