San Diego voters to receive mail-in ballots for recall election
Voters in San Diego will receive mail-in ballots in August for the state governor’s recall election, the county registrar of electors said Thursday.
The recall election will ask voters to decide whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should remain in office for the remainder of his term, which ends on January 2, 2023.
Newsom would be removed from office if a simple majority of more than 50% of voters approves his removal. If less than 50% voted in favor of the recall, Newsom would retain his post.
The ballots will also include a second section asking voters to choose a replacement if Newsom is recalled. If a majority of voters favor a recall, the replacement candidate with the most votes would take office for the remainder of Newsom’s term.
Ballots will be mailed out starting Aug. 16, one month before the recall election, set for Sept. 14, the registrar said.
Voters can return their ballots by mail or at ballot drop-off locations in San Diego County.
Voters can also vote in person at polling stations open from Saturday September 11 to election day Tuesday September 14. Polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday to Monday during the voting period, and from 7 a.m. at 8 p.m. on polling day.
The office of the registrar of electors will also be offering early voting at the office of the registrar at 5600 Overland Ave. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, starting August 16.
Recall efforts against Newsom gathered pace amid his discontent with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting business and school closures.
In May, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber reported that supporters of the recall had collected more than 1.7 million valid signatures supporting the election. State law required just under $ 1.5 million for the elections to take place.
At least 58 candidates have declared their intention to run against Newsom, according to the Ballotpedia site. Some of the best known include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 2018 gubernatorial candidate John Cox, former US Representative Doug Ose and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner. All four are Republicans.
The California Secretary of State will release a list of certified candidates on July 21.