September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election

Election Date Election Type
9/14/2021 Special Recall


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Understanding the 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election

Like any statewide election, eligible Californians will have the opportunity to cast a ballot and make their voices heard.

  • All active registered California voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the September 14, 2021 recall election. We began mailing ballots August 16, 2021.
  • The recall ballot will ask two questions: 1) Do you want to recall Governor Newsom? and 2) If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?
    • If 50% or more vote NO, the governor will remain in office.
    • If more than 50% vote YES, the governor will be removed from office and the person with the most votes will replace him.
  • You may choose to vote on only the recall question or only a replacement candidate, and your ballot will still be counted.
  • All votes on all valid ballots are counted. In other words, if you vote NO on the recall question and vote for a replacement candidate, both votes will be counted. A vote for a replacement candidate does not imply a YES vote on the recall question.

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