Finally, what was thought to be impossible has happened – but we’re not out of the woods yet.
California has officially verified well over the required number of signatures necessary to force a recall vote to oust Leftist Governor Gavin Newsom.
Secretary of State Shirley Weber issued a press release Monday confirming the state has verified 1,626,042 million recall signatures, which exceeds the 1,495,709 million signature threshold.
California counties still have until April 29 to verify the validity of all remaining petitions.
“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,” said Secretary Weber. “A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.”
State law indicates that any voter who has signed a petition to recall the governor but has since changed their mind can provide a written request to county election officials to ask that their signature be removed.
Pursuant to Elections Code 11108(b), signers may withdraw their name from the petition between April 26, 2021, and June 8, 2021, the Secretary of State disclosed.
If enough signatures remain after this period, the recall election cost will be estimated and reviewed before the Lieutenant Governor sets a date.
State law stipulates that the recall election be scheduled no less than 60 days after and no more than 80 days after the 1.5 million signatures are certified on June 8.
Governor Newsom has yet to publicly comment on his imminent recall. However, following the Secretary of State’s announcement, registered Democrats received a text from his counter-effort titled “Stop the Republican Recall” slamming the recall attempt as a “far-Right partisan power grab and a waste of money,” Sky News reported.
“I am not going to take this fight lying down. There is too much at stake, and I intend to win,” the text read.
Regardless of Newsom’s feeble attempts to save face, a growing number of California Republicans are announcing gubernatorial runs to replace him as governor.
Candidates notably include transgender Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and former U.S. Ambassador and Acting DNI Richard Grennell, in addition to several other lesser-known runners-up.
If the recall effort is successful, Newsom will be only the second governor in California history to be removed from office.