- Voters are asked two questions on their ballot paper: Should Governor Gavin Newsom be removed from office? If more than 50% of voters say yes, the next question will be decisive: who should replace him?
- The first elections in the state close at 8 p.m. PDT and a flurry of postal ballot and early personal ballot results is expected.
- Only twice in US history has a governor been removed from office; in North Dakota in 1921; and 2003 in California.
LOS ANGELES – Tuesday is Ruling Day in California and voters from the most populous state in the country will have the option of keeping Gavin Newsom or calling him back.
It’s been a winding road, but polls show the Democrat will likely keep his job running a state known nationwide as a liberal trendsetter.
Regardless of the outcome, the choice itself is both rare and historic. A Newsom recall could potentially cause shock waves across the country and across the Democratic Party.
Only twice in US history has a governor been removed from office; in North Dakota in 1921; and in California in 2003 when Gray Davis was removed and replaced by film star Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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On the eve of the election, Newsom received a boost from President Joe Biden when the commander in chief told voters at a campaign rally that “the nation’s eyes are on California.” In Long Beach, Calif., On Monday, Biden warned that the removal of the first-term governor would have consequences that would reverberate across the nation and risk a return to former President Donald Trump’s “dark, destructive, divisive policies”.
Meanwhile, Republican front runner, conservative radio host Larry Elder, who Biden calls a “Trump clone,” predicted victory.
“Make sure your friends are voting, voting, voting and trying to get 10 more friends to vote and make every call, make every call, knock on every door, we will win this thing if we get the vote carry out. “Elder said this week.
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Voters are asked two questions on their ballot paper: Should Newsom be recalled? If more than 50% of voters say yes, the next question will be decisive: who should replace him?
Forty-six candidates will appear on the ballot. Elder constantly leads polls among those vying to replace Newsom. He will be stationed Tuesday in Costa Mesa, California, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles, with supporters.
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Other prominent Republican candidates include Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist who starred on the reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”; former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; California State Representative Kevin Kiley; and John Cox, a businessman who was easily defeated by Newsom in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
The only leading Democratic candidate to emerge from the race is Kevin Paffrath, a real estate agent and YouTube personality.
When should we expect the final results?
The first elections in the state close at 8 p.m. PDT and a flurry of postal ballot and early personal ballot results is expected. About 37% of the roughly 22 million ballots sent to California voters were, according to an analysis by Political Data Inc.
Democrats had a larger percentage of those votes than Republicans, which means early results could show good signs for Newsom. But that might not last and the number of voters who participate on Tuesday will likely be decisive in deciding the race.
California has historically taken weeks to count all votes in national elections. In 2020, when nearly 18 million people cast their vote, a third of the votes in the presidential election were counted after election night. Two years earlier, more than 40% had been counted after election day.
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Postal ballot papers can arrive up to a week after Tuesday and still be counted, provided they are postmarked by September 14th. This process can take days or weeks. Postal ballot papers are usually counted in the order in which they are received, so the last ballot papers counted are usually the last to arrive.
In 2020, Republicans were much less likely than Democrats to vote by post, also because Trump repeatedly claimed – without evidence – that postal voting was unsafe and prone to fraud.
If this trend continues, the results of the recall vote on election night could fluctuate depending on the types of votes reported – absenteeism or in-person voting.
Most California voters cast their ballots through the mail, a trend that accelerated during the pandemic as many voters were reluctant to enter crowded polling stations on election day. About 87% of California’s voters cast their ballots in the mail in last year’s presidential election.
For the election on Tuesday, all 22 million registered voters received a postal ballot.
Postal voting takes longer to process than face-to-face voting, as electoral officials have to remove ballot papers from their envelopes, check the voter’s registration, and ensure that the voter’s signature on the envelope matches that on the paperwork. Then the votes can be counted.
When voting in person, officials at the polling station take security measures so that the votes can be counted shortly after the polling stations close.
Contribution: The Associated Press