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Sec. of State Weber Officially Confirms Newsom Recall Election

Final hurdle of signature withdrawal only eliminated ’embarrassingly low’ 43 signatures

By Evan Symon, June 24, 2021 1:24 pm

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed on Wednesday that the 2021 Governor recall election would be taking place due to a lack of voter signature withdrawal.

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From April 26th to June 8th, Californians who had given one of the more than 1.7 million validated recall petition signatures had the opportunity to withdraw their names from the petition. In the last major hurdle before sending the recall to the Department of Finance, over 224,000 signatures would have been needed to have been withdrawn in order to stop the recall election at this stage. However, Secretary Weber revealed on Wednesday that only 43 people had officially withdrawn their signatures by the deadline, only a few more than the 36 that had been previously estimated.

“It was embarrassingly low,” said former lobbyist Harry Schultz, who helped lobby during the 2003 Gray Davis recall, to the Globe on Thursday. “Necessary, yes. It’s all part of the process. But so few people wanted to remove their names from it. I mean, they put out a press release for it and it looked like they originally had a lot more wrapped up around it too. They were obviously hoping for a larger number, but only a few dozens out of 1.7 million with drew. That tells you something.”

“Polls show Newsom, right now, beating the recall. But they also show that he is vulnerable. And once the goodwill from COVID recovery wears out, he faces several months of wildfire season, end of session bill approvals, and most importantly, avoiding any controversy, which he seems to stir up several times a year. The Secretary of State confirming the results today and sending it  up is only the beginning. As anyone with any political experience knows, anything can happen in even the shortest amount of time during an election.”

Estimated costs of the recall

The Department of Finance will now need to estimate the cost of the election. While the Department has given previous estimates ranging from over $400 million to $215 million, the reduction of COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety measures is expected to keep costs lower than previously expected.

“Secretary Weber’s letter to the Department of Finance triggers the next phase of the recall process in which the DOF will estimate the costs of the gubernatorial recall if it is held as a special election and if it is held as part of the next regularly scheduled election,” noted Weber’s press release on Wednesday. “These estimated costs must be submitted to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, and the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) by August 5.”

Once the estimated costs are calculated and sent in no later than August 5th, the JLBC will then have 30 days to review the estimated costs. Following that, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis will then set a date for an election between 60 and 80 days later, meaning that the recall election would likely occur sometime in November this year.

Gavin Newsom, who faces being recalled due to a wide variety of reasons including his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his ignorance of many COVID-19 guidelines during events like dinner parties, and not reacting quickly to the plight of small businesses damaged during his issued lockdowns, has now officially become the second Governor in state history to face recall following Weber’s Wednesday announcement.

The JLBC budget review is due to be submitted in the coming weeks.

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11 thoughts on “Sec. of State Weber Officially Confirms Newsom Recall Election

  1. TSK, TSK, Shirley, you can do better! You and your comrades must have a conference or perhaps dinner together to strategize how to stop this recall!
    I know a great place in the Napa Valley, discreet, but expensive!

    1. Let me guess, Tomorrow…….was that at the French Lingerie? You know that they would rather go BIG; like a junket to Maui on us taxpayers’ “dime”.

  2. I am sure they will consume all 120 days for setting the Election Date, delaying it long enough for Gavin to further destroy CA. 215-400 million is just insane. I am still so tickled that the withdraw number was so so low! My gut tells me that he will find a way to make us pay for that low number by using his continued emergency powers, forcing another lockdown or something unscientific.

    1. Actually, Stacy. Some prognosticators are saying that Gavin will opt for an early recall election. The fire season, water shortage and power outs would be very negative, so they are saying sooner-the-better for him. So, that should make you happy, if you would be able to vote before leaving this “utopia”.

      1. As I have said before, I hope he lives to be a 110 & has a heart attack every 15 mins.! Screw Newsom and
        all these other liberal hacks! So sick of this crap! it’s mind numbing!

  3. No surprise. I knew the election will likely happen when Kevin Kiley said they had 1.9 or 2 million signatures. 43 signatures is so embarrassingly low. Better to scrap the withdrawal period and the unnecessary financial costs review. If it wasn’t for these extra steps we would at least have the election already or by next month instead of October or November.

    1. Actually changed my mind. Might be better delaying the election until November. I have a wsj article saying Delta variants were responsible for half of vaccinated Israelis. If the Delta spreads they’re gonna freak out and might reinstate lockdowns. So it’s not fair to have the election early even if I’m impatient.

  4. Newsom’s plan B: Corrupt the recall election with the illegitimate 1.8 million California registered voters the democrats will utilize. I anticipate record mail in votes for the “Noose”.

  5. Newsom the self appointed King has taken California down too a low it`s never seen. We our in and extreme water shortage that should have been address many years ago with diversions of the Delta that flows to the ocean, Allowing our southern borders to be over RUN by joe bite me actions. Newsom has signed bill ab145 that allows perverts to have ANAL SEX with 14 years KIDS. Tells taxpayers to wear a mask yet he goes to dinners with his friends in large groups. Buys motels for the not all but mostly lazy homeless giving the FREE color TV cable hot and cold running water maid service electric all at NO CHARGE just pressure to vote his way. Handing out NO BID CONTRACTS to his friends it`s ILLEGAL ,lives in a new home that he was gifted by NO BID Contract receivers . the list of his B.S. Goes on and on this is Nancy’s little Bi@#$ they are grooming for a run at the presidency RECALL AND IMPEACHMENT is Necessary with the Clown that stops him from holding and office of any kind.

  6. One more (elephant in the room) hurdle that nobody is talking about(?)
    Lets say the recall vote is over and the votes are being counted….

    How/WHO is counting our votes?

    We have come this far only to use Dominion/Smatmatic/Gates/Soros machines?

    1. That’s right, Mindy. The legislature passed the universal mail-in voting bill. That’s Newsom’s “insurance policy”. Look at the table in this Globe article where there are 1.8 million MORE voters than REGISTERED voters: (https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/bombshell-california-has-1-8m-more-registered-voters-than-it-should/). We need to have people in EVERY county registrar’s office as partisan observers to audit the ballots and the vote counting.

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