What is a Recall Election?
California law allows elected officials to be recalled before their term of office is finished. A recall for governor can qualify for the ballot if recall supporters are able to collect a certain amount of signatures. In the Newsom case, they were required to collect a minimum of 1,495,709 valid signatures, which is equal to 12 percent of the votes cast for the office of Governor in 2018. Newsom recall supporters collected the necessary signatures, which triggered a special election.
Why should I care about the recall election?
The Governor makes important decisions that directly impact the lives of people with disabilities. We've recently asked you to advocate to the Governor on issues like vaccine access for people with disabilities, restoring funding to social and recreational programs, and adjusting the state budget to make sure the Self-Determination Program has enough money to grow. Whoever the Governor is will continue to make big decisions that impact the lives of people with disabilities and our family members, so it's important that we have a say.
What is the date for the Special Election?
Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
How do I Get a Ballot?
A mailed ballot will be sent to every Californian who is registered to vote. You can also vote in-person at a voting location in your community, before or on September 14, 2021. Here is a link to find early voting locations and ballot dropboxes near you. www.caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov
How do I fill out the Ballot?
There are two sections on the Ballot:
SECTION 1: Should Governor Newsom be recalled?
A YES vote means you want Governor Newsom recalled and removed from office.
A NO vote means you do not want Governor Newsom recalled from office.
SECTION 2: This section lists replacement candidates to fill the Governor’s seat, if Newsom is recalled. There are 46 candidates to choose from.