California Governor Reminder: Election Officials Prepare For Race
“Normally at this time of year we were already preparing for our primary in June 2022.”
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif .– Less than a year ago, the world eagerly awaited the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Now, just 10 months later, California is back in election season. And while it may sound familiar, this special election is one of the few.
“We haven’t had a governor recall since 2003,” Sacramento County spokeswoman Janna Haynes said. “It’s the only one we’ve had in California history.”
18 years later, Sacramento County is gearing up for our state’s second recall election.
“Normally at this time of year we were already preparing for our June 2022 primary,” Haynes said. “So we are working fast and furiously.”
Compared to a general election, California election offices have had very little time to prepare since the recall was announced. Haynes said they traditionally took more than a year to prepare for the election, but for that reminder they had 70 days.
Between the preparation of the ballots, the filler pages, the envelopes, the voter files and the logistics, it is a heavy burden. But the two things that simplify things for the Sacramento Election Office are that there will only be around 30 in-person voting centers compared to 84 last November. This means less staff and less workflow for election officials.
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The other more simplistic element for election officials is the ballot itself. Compared to past elections with several measures, it is essentially a question of asking voters a simple question: recall Governor Newsom or not?
“We just have to run a piece of paper through the tabulator,” Haynes said. “Compared to most ballots are two, maybe three pages long, which takes three times as long.”
Otherwise, the voting and tabulation process will be identical to the previous election, including ballots mailed to all registered voters not only in Sacramento County but statewide.
“August 16 is the date of the release of the ballot papers and the opening of the ballot boxes. [in Sacramento County]”said Haynes.
Voters can return their ballot by mail, drop it off in a drop box, or vote in person.
“Our 11-day polling centers will open on September 4, then the others will open from September 11 until September 14, which is recall election day,” said Haynes.
Currently, Sacramento County has 867,723 registered voters. Haynes said they anticipate that number will likely increase as election day approaches.
To check your voter registration status, update an address, or register to vote, you can do it all on the California Secretary of State’s website. To receive a ballot by mail, you must be registered to vote before August 30.
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