The effort to recall California Gov. Grant Newsom has nearly hit 2 million signatures, a number that would be 500,000 more than is required more than a week before the March 17 deadline.
Leaders of the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday they’ve collected 1.95 million signatures a little more than a week before the deadline, a number they believe will be more than enough to trigger a special recall election.
County and state elections officials still need to verify that nearly 1.5 million are valid signatures from registered California voters before the recall can qualify for the ballot. But recall supporters said Sunday that they’re confident they’ve collected enough.
The group has so far compiled a valid signature rate of 83%, according to the most recent numbers from the Secretary of State’s office. If they were able to continue that rate, they would collect the amount of signatures necessary to put two questions on the ballot:
The recall vote, if held, would feature two questions: first, whether Newsom should be recalled; second, which candidate should replace him. It is possible for a candidate to replace Newsom without winning a majority of the vote, as Arnold Schwarzenegger did in 2003 when replacing Gray Davis.
Newsom, who has imposed some of the most strict pandemic restrictions in the country, has seen his popularity slide after he was caught dining in an upscale French restaurant in violation of his own protocols.
Many California businesses have struggled throughout the pandemic, with thousands closing permanently since the start of the pandemic. The restaurant industry has been particularly hard hit, with about 30% of the state’s establishments either closing permanently or closing some of their locations.
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