By: Konrad Holden
California voters have officially decided to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. Over 1.7 million signatures were gathered—over 200,000 more than required. The state will now have to determine how much money is needed to hold a special election before the process moves forward. The special election will most likely happen this year.
The effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom originally had little to do with the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the recall petition was originally introduced in February of 2020 before any lockdowns occurred in California. And the petition does not actually cite anything related to COVID19 as a reason for the recall.
Here’s what it does cite: "Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens. People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights."
That being said, the petition did pick up steam during the coronavirus pandemic and after he was caught having an indoor dinner with other officials while urging the public to stay home.
California state law holds that voters must be given 30 days to decide if they would like to remove their signature from the petition. That ended on June 8th and resulted in a grand total of 43 signatures being removed. This kept the total signature count around 1.7 million—200,000 more than needed.
From here, election officials will determine a cost estimate for the election and submit it by August 5th. Once the legislature has had 30 days to review it, a date will be set.
On the ballot, voters will have to choose if they want Newsom recalled and who should replace him. If more than 50% vote “yes” to recall him, the Governor will be replaced.
"It's just been one thing after another with this governor and finally he's going to be held accountable." - State Assemblyman James Gallagher
“This is about Gavin Newsom and his failed policies that have put us in the state of despair we are in today.” - Orrin Heatlie, Lead Proponent at RecallGavin2020.com