Politics Calls for reforming California's recall process rise as efforts to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom fail
California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.
Tuesday is decision day in California and voters in the Golden State will decide whether they will keep Gov. Gavin Newsom or remove him from office.It's been a winding path to get here, but polls show the Democrat is likely to keep his job leading a state that is known nationally as a liberal trendsetter.
- Five efforts to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom failed before a sixth petition collected the required number of signatures.
- Only 19 states, including California, allow recall elections.
- US Rep. Karen Bass told ABC News that more than 68 recalls are happening throughout California.
Less than an hour after polls closed, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected that Californians overwhelmingly voted against recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom. The speedy outcome left many wondering why the effort to recall public officials is so easy, and if it should be reformed.
Newsom's nightmare: How one November day fueled the recall
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On a single day last November, two events helped set the course for just the second recall election against a governor in California history: Gov. Gavin Newsom dined with 11 friends and lobbyists at one of the country’s most expensive restaurants as he pleaded with Californians to stay home, while those looking to kick him out of office won four more months to qualify for the ballot. Photos of the maskless dinner showed the Democratic governor going against what he had been urging for months to combat the coronavirus: don’t gather in groups, keep your distance, wear a mask.
Five attempts to recall Newsom failed before a sixth petition, led by retired sheriff's sergeant Orrin Heatlie and his California Patriot Coalition, collected the required number of signatures and.
US Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.,that it's too easy to recall officials in California, citing more than 68 recalls happening throughout the state targeting officials in various levels of government, including school boards, city councils, and district attorneys.
California is one of just 19 states that allow recall elections. Within 60 days, petitioners recalling a California official must collect signatures from 12% of the electorate from the last election, and from at least five counties.
"This could be a strategy to essentially grind government to a halt, to paralyze government," Bass said. "I'm very interested in analyzing who started all these recalls. Who's funding them? You can't just recall someone without significant financial backing."
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A dinner California's governor attended last November has been credited with galvanizing support for the recall petition that ultimately qualified for a ballot.More than a month before the first COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), California was battling a rising wave of new COVID-19 infections with health experts predicting additional increases during the holiday weeks that were still to come.