Californians vote on the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom


A car drives out of the Calabasas Library lot, next to the Calabasas voting center on Sept. 13, 2021. Voting for the Gubernational Recall Election will be open to residents through Sept. 14, 2021. Photo credit: Rachel Franklin

By Adriana Janiga

In February 2020, bi-partisan groups from California succeeded in yielding over the roughly 1.5 million signatures required to enact a recall election against California Governor Gavin Newsom. The time has now come for Californians from across the state to cast their votes in the Gubernatorial Recall for Newsom.

Registered residents from the state of California started to receive their ballots 29 days before the election day on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. There are two choices to make on the ballot: “Should Gavin Newsom be recalled (removed) from the office of the governor?” and pick one candidate “to succeed Gavin Newsom as Governor if he is recalled.”

If the majority of California residents votes “No” on the first question, Gavin Newsom shall remain as California governor and have the opportunity to pursue re-election.

If the majority votes “Yes,” the candidate with the most votes shall replace Newsom as Governor.

According to the Official Voter Information Guide, the grounds for this recall are as follows:

“Governor Newsom has implemented laws which are detrimental to the citizens of this state and our way of life. Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens. People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes, and restricting parental rights. Having no other recourse, we the people have come together to take this action, remedy these misdeeds and prevent further injustices.”

The Governor’s recall argument on the County Voter Information Guide argues that the recall is “an attempt by national Republicans and Trump supporters to force and election and grab power in California.”

Californians may vote in person or by mail no later than election day. In-person voting locations throughout the cities of Ventura County will be open through Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m to 8 p.m.

For the list of voting sites and more information on the election, visit the Ventura County recorder website.