Gavin Newsom Recall Effort Reaches Enough Signatures to Qualify for Ballot

Headline Roundup April 26th, 2021

The California secretary of state said Monday that the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has garnered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The recall effort gathered 1,626,042 valid signatures, which exceeds the 1,495,709 signatures required; the number is expected to grow, since counties have until April 29 to confirm the validity of remaining signatures. After that, California residents have a 30-day period to withdraw their signatures; a recall election will then be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn. Then, the Department of Finance will have 30 days to estimate the cost of the recall election, and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will have 30 days after that to review the cost before the lieutenant governor sets a date for the recall election. The recall ballot requires more than 50% of voters to vote "yes" to remove Newsom; the replacement candidate with the most votes is elected governor. This comes after former Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner announced a run for governor should Newsom be recalled. Others in the running include businessman John Cox, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former Rep. Doug Ose.

The story received wide coverage from across the political spectrum. Coverage from the left tended to focus on the details of the recall process, while outlets on the right and center highlighted polls predicting the outcome of the recall effort.

From the Left
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Fueled by partisan fury and a backlash against pandemic shutdowns, a Republican-led campaign to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom of California has officially qualified for the ballot, setting the stage for the second recall election in the state’s history, officials said on Monday.

In a widely expected filing, the California secretary of state’s office found that recall organizers had collected 1,626,042 signatures on their petition, more than the roughly 1.5 million required to ask voters to remove Mr. Newsom from office.

The announcement sets in motion a series of procedural steps...

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From the Right
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The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has received the necessary number of verified signatures to trigger a recall election later this year.

The California Secretary of State said on Monday that the threshold of verified signatures reported by counties, which was set at 1,495,709, had been met.

The campaign collected more than 1.6 million verified signatures, according to the secretary of state’s office. "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...

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The effort aimed at recalling California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to data released by the California secretary of state on Monday.

According to the secretary’s office, 1,626,042 valid signatures have been collected in support of Newsom’s recall effort, which exceeds the 1,495,709 signatures required. That number is expected to grow, as counties have until April 29 to confirm the validity of any remaining signatures.

“This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may...

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