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Will California Gov. Gavin Newsom be recalled?

The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has qualified for the California ballot, which sets the stage for a massive moment in the state’s political history

Gavin Newsom speaks at Rat Creek near Big Sur, Calif.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference about the newly reopened Highway 1 at Rat Creek near Big Sur, Calif., on April 23, 2021. The campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom took a major turn on Monday as it officially qualified for the California ballot.
Nic Coury, Associated Press

The campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom took a major turn on Monday as it officially qualified for the California ballot, which means the recall could happen in November, according to The New York Times.

  • The campaign to recall Newsom, a Democrat, is being led by a group of Republicans.

Newsom recall ballot explained

The California secretary of state’s office said Monday there were 1.6 million signatures on a petition to recall Newsroom, so the recall motion will be on the ballot in a forthcoming special election.

  • It’s unclear when this special election will happen. But it will likely be in November, according to The New York Times.

So what happens next?

The state will have to review the recall petition to make sure it’s worth it, per The New York Times.

  • “Between now and then, the state will review the cost associated with sending the proposed recall to voters, and those who signed the petition will have 30 business days to ask to have their names removed if they so choose,” according to The New York Times.
  • However, the state is likely to keep the issue on the ballot.

Why do people want to recall Newsom?

According to NPR, the campaign to recall Newsom began in June 2020. The effort acknowledged a number of issues =with Newsom, including: “Unaffordable housing. Record homelessness. Rising crime. Failing schools. Independent contractors thrown out of work. Exploding pension debt. And now, a locked down population while the prisons are emptied. Hold Gavin Newsom accountable.”

  • Newsroom reportedly said the effort is being led by extremists and fans of former President Donald Trump, according to NPR.

A poll from Emerson College found that 42% of California voters would keep Newsom in office, compared to 38% who would remove him. Another 14% remained undecided and 6% said they wouldn’t vote in a special election.