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What You Need To Know About The Recall Election Going On Now

What You Need To Know About The Recall Election Going On Now
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Didn’t get enough politics in 2020?

No worries! It’s election season in California, again! Except this time, it’s the Governor, not the President, running to keep his job. Elk Grove Tribune has your pre-election information. Keep reading!

Total Recall

There is a recall election for Governor Gavin Newsom going on right now. A recall election is an election to keep or remove a politician before their term officially ends. Governor Gavin Newsom is running to keep his job. Voting started on August 16th. The last day to vote is Tuesday September 14th.

What You Need To Know About The Recall Election

There are over 40 people running to replace Governor Gavin Newsom. Click here to see the full list of replacement candidates.The recall election has two parts: the first part asks, “Do you want to remove Gavin Newsom as Governor?.” A NO vote means you want to keep Gavin Newsom as Governor. A YES vote means you want to remove Gavin Newsom and replace him with one of the replacement candidates. Said differently, NO means keep Gavin Newsom, YES means remove Gavin Newsom. To keep his job, Governor Gavin Newsom needs at least 50% of voters to vote NO. If less than 50% of voters vote NO, Gavin Newsom loses his job as Governor, and the candidate with the most votes on the second part of the ballot become Governor.

Even if you vote NO because you want to keep Gavin Newsom as Governor, you can still choose from the list of candidates who are running to replace Newsom. Note: you do not have to choose one of the replacement candidates.

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How To Vote

You can vote by mail, in person, or drop your ballot off at a local ballot dropbox. For mailed ballots, you can sign up for alerts to track your ballot at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov. In-person voting at voting centers/polling places starts on September 4th. If you’re a registered voter with a physical home address, you should have received or will receive a ballot in the mail by the end of August. Just because you get a ballot in the mail does not mean you have to mail in your vote, however. You can still take your ballot into a voting center/polling place or drop it off at a ballot dropbox.

How To Register To Vote

You can register online at https://registertovote.ca.gov/. The last day to register to vote in order to get a ballot in the mail is August 30th. In most counties, you can register to vote in person and vote up to September 14th, Election Day. You can check to see if you’re registered to vote, your political party (if any), and other voter information at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/. You can write in a replacement candidate if you don’t see your preferred candidate on the list. BUT, in this case, your vote won’t count. In order for your replacement vote to count, it has to be for one of the candidates on the list.











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Chris Lodgson

Chris Lodgson our News & Events Editor. Chris is a researcher and regulatory analyst at a legal information company, where he creates and delivers legal content on current issues on a daily basis. Originally from New York City, he's also a local organizer, business owner, and social media-marketer supporting Sacramento County Black-owned businesses.

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