A recall election appears all but certain after a new tally from the California Secretary of State lists 1,626,042 verified signatures. To qualify for the ballot, recall supporters were only required to submit 1,495,000.
“As of April 26, 2021, the requisite number of valid signatures has been reported to our office to initiate the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom,” says a statement on the Secretary of State’s website. “However, county elections officials must continue to verify the validity of any remaining signatures and must report the final signature verification on April 29, 2021. ”
After the April 29 deadline, voters will have 30 days during which they have the option of withdrawing their support of the recall. That could mean a handful of names drop off, but it is considered unlikely that enough would withdraw to drop back below the qualification number.
Assuming the withdrawal period closes with enough verified signatures still on the list, the next phase is another 30-day period, this time for the Department of Finance to meet with election officials and review the costs associated with staging an election, and then report those findings to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the Secretary of State, and Governor.
Only after that phase is complete will an election day be set. It could be as soon as 60 days from the end of the cost assessment window, or as many as 180 if the recall is placed on the ballot alongside a regularly scheduled election.
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