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More than 1.7 million California voters signed petitions seeking to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. The HJTA Political Action Committee recommends a vote of “Yes” on question 1 in the September 14 recall election.

Ballots were mailed out to every registered voter in mid-August and may be returned by mail, no postage stamp needed, or dropped off at an authorized location. Voters also have the option of casting their ballot in person. For locations of polling places, including early voting and drop-box options, contact the office of your county election official. You can call the secretary of state’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) for your county election official’s contact information. You can also check the website of the California secretary of state at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices to find the information for your county.

The deadline to register to vote in the recall election was August 30 for voters who wished to receive ballot materials in the mail. However, from August 31 through Election Day, voters may register “conditionally” and vote provisionally at a county elections office, polling place or vote center. Provisional ballots are counted when verified by election workers.

Although Californians have had the right to recall elected officials since 1911, this is only the second gubernatorial recall election in California history. In 2003, Gov. Gray Davis was recalled, and voters replaced him with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The recall election ballot has two questions: The first question asks voters if they want to recall Gov. Newsom from office. If more than 50% of voters choose “Yes” on question one, the governor is removed.

The second question on the recall ballot asks voters to choose a replacement. Because there is no limit to how many candidates may run, the winner is the candidate who receives the most votes. A majority is not required, and there is no run-off.

Mailed ballots that arrive at county election offices through September 21 will be counted if they are postmarked, or signed and dated, on or before Election Day. Counties will have until October 14 to complete the counting of ballots and must send their results to the secretary of state by October 15. The results of the election will be officially certified by October 22.

Regardless of the outcome of the recall election, California’s governor is up for reelection in 2022. The primary will be held on June 7, with the general election to follow on November 8.

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