Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Recall Election is on Sept. 14 — the last day to cast a ballot on whether to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office

The ballot contains two parts. Voters can vote on either one or both parts of the recall ballot. The question to voters is: “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?” The choices are yes or no. If you vote YES, that means you want Newsom to be removed from office. If you vote NO, that means you want him to stay until his term ends on Jan. 2, 2023. If 50% or more vote NO, Newsom will remain in office until his term ends. If more than 50% vote YES, Newsom will be removed from office and the person with the most votes from the second section will replace him. The second section asks voters to choose who Newsom’s replacement should be from among 46 replacement candidates. (Newsom cannot run as a replacement candidate nor will write-in votes for him be counted.) The replacement candidate who receives the highest number of votes — even if it is not more than a majority — will serve out the remainder of Newsom’s term. Note: A voter can vote “no” to the question of removing Newsom from office and also select a replacement candidate. Voters can also skip the second section whether they vote yes or no to the first question. ◼