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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

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

Poll Workers Needed for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election


The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is seeking volunteers to serve as poll workers for the September 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Community participation is always essential to staffing the precincts and polling places for the election. With this election taking place on such a short schedule, the Elections Office has less time than usual to recruit poll workers. Please consider applying to be a poll worker today!


Poll workers who work at a polling place receive a stipend of $180 to $240 for Election Day and to attend training. Each polling place is led by a Polling Place Supervisor who oversees one or more Precinct Boards. Each Precinct Board is comprised of one Inspector and two Clerks. In addition, each polling place will need a Traffic Clerk and Ballot Reception Clerk.

To be a poll worker, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered voter in the State of California or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, as specified, and who is otherwise eligible to register to vote, except for their lack of United States citizenship.
  • Be able to follow written and verbal instruction.
  • Be available to serve Election Day - September 14 - from approximately 6 a.m. to
    9 p.m. or until all of the closing procedures have been completed.
  • Must be available to attend a mandatory training class.

To learn more about the poll worker program and training process, please go to

Santa Barbara Mayor and City Council Elections - November 2, 2021


Four Candidates are running for Mayor of Santa Barbara in November. The Candidates are: Cathy Murillo, Incumbent; James Joyce III, “Coffee with a Black Guy” Founder; Randy Rowse, former SB City Councilman; and Deborah Schwartz, SB Planning Commissioner. In addition, three City Council seats are up for reelection this fall – Districts 4, 5, and 6 –  Kristen Sneddon, Eric Friedman, and Meagan Harmon, incumbents. So far, no one has announced they plan to run against either Eric Friedman or Meagan Harmon, but one Candidate, Barrett Reed, has announced that he plans to run against Kristen Sneddon for the City Council seat in District 4.

Our League will hold two Candidate Forums in September - one on September 22nd at 6:00 pm for the two Candidates running for the Santa Barbara City Council seat in District 4, and one on September 30th at 6:00 pm for the four Candidates running for Mayor of Santa Barbara. 
Both Forums will be held at the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club at 670 Mission Canyon Rd. – across the street from the Natural History Museum. They also will be covered by TVSB and livestreamed on our League's Facebook page - lwvsantabarbara.  Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be provided by Silvia Uribe of Transil-Pro. Recordings of both Forums in English and Spanish will be posted on YouTube site for later viewing.