The California secretary of state’s office confirmed that enough signatures have been verified in the recall efforts against California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
A campaign to recall Gov. Newsom began on June 10, 2020 and needed to obtain 1,495,709 signatures in order to put it on a ballot.
It was announced Monday that 1.6 million of the campaign’s 2.1 million signatures were verified, meaning that a recall election will need to take place within 60-80 days.
After the confirmation of the signatures, Gov. Newsom responded on Twitter with a counter campaign video and said the recall threatened “progress.”
“This Republican recall threatens our values and seeks to undo the important progress we’ve made — from fighting COVID, to helping struggling families, protecting our environment, and passing commonsense gun violence solutions,” Newsom said. “There’s too much at stake.”
When the election occurs, California voters will be asked two questions, the first being if the voter believes Gov. Newsom should be recalled, and the second asking for a successor.
If the first question receives a majority vote to recall Gov. Newsom, the candidate with the most votes in the second question would win the election.
Multiple candidates for governor have emerged, capped by the most recent announcement of candidacy from former Olympic gold medalist and TV personality Caitlyn Jenner.
John Cox, who ran against Newsom in the 2018 elections and announced that he would also run in a recall election, said “the people are speaking and they are being heard.”
On February 2, a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies said that among the 10,000 registered voters who they polled, 48% approved of Gov. Newsom’s performance, while 46% disapproved.
About 69% of those polled were displeased with Newsom’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was up from 51% in a September poll.
“To him there’s rules for everybody else and then there’s rules for him,” Randy Economy, the “Recall Gavin” campaign’s senior advisor told L.A. Weekly. “It’s the arrogance of power and he doesn’t care for the average person in California. He cares about living in his own political bubble.”