Recall Election - Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Ballots for this elections will be mailed to all registered voters in the state on or about August 16, 2021. In-person voting locations will also be available throughout Santa Barbara County as well as drop-off boxes where mail-in ballots can be deposited. Information on the locations of the in-person polling places and drop-off boxes will be included with the ballots that are mailed out to voters. Make sure you are registered to vote and that your address is correct by checking your registration status on the Secretary of State's website https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.
What is a recall election?
According to the California Secretary of State, a recall has been a part of the state's political system since 1911. It provides a mechanism for the public to remove any elected public official from office before the end of their term by obtaining the signatures of the required number of voters.
In this case, voters have called for the removal of Governor Gavin Newsom.
To qualify a recall of the Governor for the ballot, a minimum of 1,495,709 (12 percent of the votes cast for Governor in 2018) was needed. The Secretary of State has certified that the required number of signatures were obtained.
What will be on the recall ballot?
The Recall ballot will have two questions.
1. First, voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to the question of whether Governor Newsome should be removed from office.
2. Second, voters will be asked to select a replacement candidate. The votes for a successor candidate will only be counted if more than 50% of those casting ballots in the election vote to recall the Governor.
Must voters vote on both questions on the recall ballot?
No. According to the State Elections Office, voters can vote on either one or both questions on the recall ballot.
For more information on recalling a Governor, see the link to the Secretary of State's website below.
CA Secretary of State Website