Politics Newsom recall effort moves closer toward making the ballot with 1.1 million signatures
'Recall Newsom!': California Governor Repeatedly Heckled During Press Conference
Off camera a group of protesters could be heard chanting "Recall Newsom" as the governor gave an update on efforts to tackle the virus, which has claimed the lives of around 45,000 people in California.The embattled politician, who is facing recall efforts that would trigger a fresh gubernatorial election not otherwise scheduled until late 2022, was jeered as he spoke to the press in Fresno and revealed more than 5 million people had received their COVID shot in the state.
Almost 1.1 million signatures have been submitted in support of a recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, state elections officials reported Friday, though supporters said a sizable number of voter petitions have yet to be reviewed as the effort approaches next month's official deadline.
The tally released by Secretary of State Shirley Weber shows thatas of Feb. 5, with 668,202 confirmed as valid. The majority of signatures that remained — more than 296,000 — had not yet been reviewed by elections officials in California's 58 counties, making it difficult to fully assess the likelihood of a special statewide election later this year. An additional 130,108 signatures were deemed invalid during the review process.
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Betfair has said the chances of the California Governor being recalled stand at 2-1. A week ago, before the campaign hit its target, the odds were at 5-1. William Hill placed the odds at 5-2 for Newsom getting recalled. In terms of who will win California Governor election in 2022 if the recall isn't successful, Betfair does not rank Newsom as favorite. Chamath Palihapitiya is ranked as favorite at 5-4, followed by Newsom at 6-4. Dakota Vaughn follows at 10-1, then Daniel Mercuri at 12-1, Errol Webber at 16-1 and Major Williams at 16-1.
One factor in favor of recall backers is the relatively low rate of rejected signatures. Only about 16% of those that have been checked for accuracy were rejected, significantly better than most ballot measure campaigns in recent years.
"We’ve crossed some big hurdles," said Orrin Heatlie, the official proponent of the recall effort. "We aren't stopping."
The groups seeking to remove Newsom from office, with Heatlie's organization coordinating the effort, must submit 1,495,709 valid voter signatures by March 17 to trigger a recall election. Similar to the process of qualifying a statewide ballot measure, backers are gathering more signatures than needed as a buffer for any petitions that are rejected because of unverifiable or inaccurate information.
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Former President Donald Trump is considering whether to add his voice to the bid to recall Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom and could hold rallies in the state if a runoff election is triggered later this year. © Provided by Washington Examiner Trump is eyeing the race from his post-presidency perch in South Florida. The former president has remained largely out of sight since leaving the White House on Inauguration Day last month, breaking his relative silence only a few times — including his scathing Tuesday statement about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that has set off a GOP civil war.
Because signatures must be submitted to elections officials in the county where the voter lives, the process can be difficult to track in real time. And it might be slower than usual, as a number of county government offices are operating under COVID-19 workplace rules that seek to limit employee exposure. Counties have until April 29 to finish their verification of recall signatures, which could mean a potential recall election wouldn't be held until early November.
As a snapshot in time, the report issued by Weber could fail to fully capture the political risk faced by the Democratic governor, under fire over his efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic by what recent polls have shown is a growing cross section of Californians.
"People have just completely lost confidence in his ability to lead," said Heatlie, a retired sheriff's deputy in Yolo County. "They’re frustrated with him."
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Even so, voters may need to be convinced that frustration is sufficient reason to remove Newsom before his term ends in January 2023. In a poll released earlier this month by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies,
Heatlie said the campaign has collected some 1.7 million signatures to date, with almost 1.3 million submitted to elections officials — though not all of those were delivered in time to be included in the report released Friday.
The threshold for qualifying a recall petition — enough signatures to equal 12% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election — is set in state law. If successful, it would fall to Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis to schedule the election, no later than 80 days after certification by Weber. A number of other steps are built into the elaborate process, including reviews of the election cost by state finance officials and the Legislature, and a 30-day window in which voters who signed the recall petition can ask to have their signatures withdrawn if they've changed their mind.
Newsom recall proponents gather more than a million signatures
Leaders of the campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom have now gathered more than a million signatures, according to a new report from the California secretary of state's office that suggests the effort is still on track as they inch toward a March deadline to qualify for the ballot. © Rich Pedroncelli/AP/Bloomberg/Getty Images Gavin Newsom, governor of California, speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Newsom outlined his plan to lift restrictions in the most-populous U.S.
Dan Newman, a campaign spokesman for Newsom, said the recall is not what voters want to think about in the coming weeks and months.
"Californians want to stay focused on vaccinations, reopenings, relief and recovery — without the distraction and expense of a $100 million, hyperpartisan Republican recall circus," he said in a statement.
While every California governor since 1960 has faced one or multiple petitions seeking his ouster, the campaign waged against Newsom is the most far-reaching and successful of any such movement since 2003, when voters recalled then-Gov. Gray Davis nine months into his second term in office. The Democratic incumbent was replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, the top vote-getter in a field of 135 hopefuls whose names were listed on the second part of the recall ballot.
Like the campaign against Davis, the Newsom recall effort has been fueled largely by Republican activists and donors. Severalto help collect voter signatures. Prior to their involvement, though, the campaign relied primarily on volunteers. In some cases, the most visible and vocal supporters of the effort were activists aligned with far-right causes that simultaneously promoted
California governor extends all-mail voting through a potential recall
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday signed legislation that could dramatically upend an effort to recall him from office that is gaining steam ahead of a March deadline.Newsom signed a bill that will require county elections officials to mail absentee ballots to every registered voter for elections held in 2021, extending an emergency order covering last year's contests, made in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.The bill passed theNewsom signed a bill that will require county elections officials to mail absentee ballots to every registered voter for elections held in 2021, extending an emergency order covering last year's contests, made in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the recall campaign has grown, mainstream Republican groups have taken up the cause. The California Republican Party supports the campaign and two high-profile GOP hopefuls — former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 candidate John Cox —if the recall qualifies.
Perhaps no decision has benefitted the recall supporters more than a Nov. 17 ruling by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge that extended the signature-gathering period an additional four months due to COVID-19 restrictions that supporters said had hampered their efforts.
Only three governors in U.S. history have ever faced a recall election, the most recent in 2012 when Wisconsin voters rejected the effort to unseat then-Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican.
Should the Newsom recall effort qualify for the ballot, one feature of the election will be unique to the pandemic era. On Friday, the governor signed legislation extending last year's election rules — requiring that every registered voter be mailed a ballot — for all special elections held in 2021. The bill was prompted by a pair of vacancies in the Legislature, but its provisions would also apply to a statewide recall election.
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Grenell hints at potential California gubernatorial bid .
Richard Grenell, a former Trump administration official and popular figure among the GOP's right flank, hinted that he could run against California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) as the governor faces a recall effort from Republicans.Speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Grenell, a former acting director of national intelligence and ambassador to Germany, launched into an attack against Newsom and praised the recall effort that is gaining steam in the Golden State. "If you want the best case possible for a recall campaign, take a look at my home state of California.