Friday night – witchcraft time for bad news – California Secretary of State Shirley Weber reported that 1,094,457 signatures had been received in an attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. Of those signatures, 668,202 had been verified by local election officials, a process that must take place before it can be counted. About 140,000 additional signatures were found to be invalid.
More than 296,000 signatures have yet to be confirmed – or rejected – by election officials in the counties to which each signature corresponds. The recall effort requires a total of around 1.5 million valid signatures to trigger a special election, likely in November.
The organizers of the recall have indicated that they would like to submit 2 million signatures to ensure there are enough valid entries to guarantee success.
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Organizers must submit all signatures by March 17th. Election officials will then have until April 29 to verify them.
Friday’s announcement covers signatures submitted by February 5. The promoters of the recall say they have collected 1.7 million signatures to date. They say 1.2 million have been submitted to election officials so far.
According to the bee of sacramento, the promoters submitted 370,000 signatures between January 7 and February 5. If they actually collected 1.7 million signatures, and if they are able to collect signatures from the same clip within the next month, organizers would meet their goal of 2 million signatures.
Newsom, in what amounts to a political counteroffensive, has stormed the state over the past two weeks by opening mass vaccination sites and showing up with local officials who have lauded his leadership.
On Wednesday, for example, Newsom traveled to Coachella where Mayor Steven Hernandez congratulated the governor on his visit to the region. Hernandez said that “the governor’s decisive leadership throughout this pandemic… has saved millions of lives. Millions more are alive thanks to this governor. “