The recall California Governor Gavin Newsom movement has now hit over 2,000,000 signatures.
The campaign to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom claimed to have gathered more than two million signatures as of Wednesday night—taking the petition over the finish line with a week left until deadline day.
The Recall Gavin Newsom group said it had gathered more than 2,060,000 signatures as of yesterday evening, and had turned over roughly 1.8 million signatures to county officers for verification.
A little under 1.5 million valid signatures are required for recall to be put on the California ballot. The campaign claims it has internally “pre-verified” more than 1.8 million signatures.
This all but ensures there will be a recall election.
Just a few days ago they updated us that they had enough signatures to force the recall vote:
Why does this 2 million number matter?
The 2 million number makes it nearly impossible for Newsom’s team to get enough signatures kicked off to avoid the recall. Magically after attacking signature verification Newsom and the Democrats want to be very tough on if signatures are valid in this case.
But even if recall proponents collect enough signatures by March 17, California’s recall law provides for multiple delays before an actual election, as the Sacramento Bee explains:
County elections officials must determine how many signatures are valid and report their signature counts by April 29, after which the Secretary of State’s office will have ten calendar days to determine if the effort met the nearly 1.5 million signature threshold. Then, people who signed the petition would have 30 business days to remove their signatures. Counties have 10 business days after that to report any signature removals to the Secretary of State. At that point, the California Department of Finance would have 30 business days to develop a cost estimate for the recall election, which the Legislature would have 30 days to review.
And then Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis would have to schedule the recall election within 60 to 80 days. She, like every other statewide official and most of the county elected officials involved in the recall process, is a Democrat. So, too, are the legislative leaders who could amend the recall process to delay the election even further (Democrats have supermajorities in both state legislative chambers.) Assuming California rebounds from the pandemic doldrums, every delay could allow a boost for Newsom’s popularity. But more importantly the state’s heavily Democratic character makes Newsom a better bet to survive a recall than Davis was at a time when California Republicans were significantly stronger.
The way recall elections work complicates the dynamics. Voters will have two questions to resolve. First, they must decide whether to recall Newsom, (which is an up-or-down vote). Second, if they do decide to eject him from office, they must decide who will replace him. The incumbent in a recall cannot run to succeed himself. So the big strategic decision for Democrats is whether they successfully discourage any Democratic “replacement” candidates and just gamble on Newsom defeating the recall. If he fails, of course, California will have a Republican or possibly an independent governor. That’s assuming anyone can control the replacement field; thanks to very low qualifying requirements, you could have a vast number of contestants (there were 135 candidates on the ballot in 2003).
-The recall Gavin Newsom petition now has over 2 million signatures
-This is likely enough to ensure a recall election
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