World Gavin Newsom Edges Toward Recall as Officials Accept More Than 80 Percent of Signatures
California's Recall Gavin Newsom Campaign Touts 'Major' Announcement after $250K GOP Boost
The petition for the California governor's recall has almost hit 1.5 million signatures, campaigners said.Speaking to Fox 11 Los Angeles on Thursday, Recall Gavin senior advisor Randy Economy said the campaign would be making a "major" announcement on Friday, and said the petitioners were "very close" to reaching the 1.5 million signatures they need to move forward with their recall effort.
Political opponents of California Governorare celebrating as state officials have accepted more than 80 percent of signatures in support of a .
More than 668,000 signatures have been accepted by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber as valid in the latest recall campaign aimed at unseating Newsom. Under California state law, 1,495,709 valid signatures are required by March 17 in order to get the recall on the ballot. That number makes up 12 percent of the 12,464,235 votes cast in the previous gubernatorial election and is being closed in on by the nearly 1.1 million signatures that have already been submitted as of February 5, the Los Angeles Times reports. More than 296,000 of the 1.1 million turned in simply haven't been reviewed by election officials across the state's 58 counties.
Gavin Newsom Faces Recall Election as Campaign Collects 1,509,000 Signatures
Only one California governor has been removed from office following a recall election in the last 100 years.Recall Gavin Newsom launched last year and amassed more than 900,000 signatures by the end of December. The recall campaign said it collected more than 1.4 million signatures by early February and gathered a total of 1,509,000 signatures by Friday.
Compared to past California recall efforts where signature verification only hovered between 40 and 60 percent, this latest recall effort has seen election officials verifying more than 80 percent of the submitted signatures. At least 130,108 signatures have been deemed invalid during the review process.
There have been 55 attempts in California history to recall a governor, but the only successful one was Gray Davis in 2003.
A key factor in favor of recall supporters is the relatively low rate of rejected signatures compared to previous attempts. Only about 16 percent of those that have been checked for accuracy were rejected, at least half as many rejections as were recorded in previous ballot measure campaigns.
Fact Check: Did California Verify Signatures for Newsom Recall But Not Mail-In Ballots?
Last year, the movement to recall Gavin Newsom began after growing frustration over the Democratic California governor's leadership. Organizers of Recall Gavin 2020 and Rescue California cited several reasons why Newsom has "failed Californians."Organizers of Recall Gavin 2020 and Rescue California cited several reasons why Newsom has "failed Californians," including rising unemployment, homelessness, high taxes, a rise in crime, lack of affordable housing, a failure to enforce immigration laws and his move to "overrule the will of the people regarding the death penalty.
Almost 1.1 million signatures have been submitted in support of recalling Newsom, but opposition leaders say they have collected far more than 1.5 million in order to ensure the verified signature count stays above the 1.49 million minimum threshold. At least three recall attempts were unsuccessfully filed in 2019.
A potential recall election would involve two questions. The first asks whether Newsom should be recalled from office and the second would ask who should succeed Newsom if he is recalled. A majority vote would be required on the first question in order for the governor to be recalled. But the candidate with the most votes on the latter question would win the election with no majority required.
At least two prominent, including businessman John Cox and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, should the recall effort qualify to be on the next ballot.
According to the California secretary of state's office, there were three unsuccessful bids to recall Newsom in 2020 alone. Two of those filings were led by Orrin E. Heatlie, a former member of the Yolo County Sheriff's Office and community activist who is once again promoting this effort to recall Newsom.
"We've crossed some big hurdles," said Heatlie. "We aren't stopping."
Newsweek reached out to Newsom's office and the secretary of state office in Sacramento for additional remarks Saturday morning.
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Some Californians could receive their $600 checks as soon as about a month after filing their 2020 tax returns. The $600 payments form part of the state's $7.6 billion COVID-19 relief package, which includes $2.1 billion in grants and fee waivers for small businesses.An additional $2 billion in tax breaks for businesses is expected be approved by the California Legislature this week, raising the total relief amount to $9.6 billion.Who qualifies for the $600 stimulus payment?Those who fall within the following categories are qualified to receive the $600 check: Residents receiving CalEITC for 2020.