The official recall campaign against California Gov. Gavin Newsom has now garnered more than 1,927,000 signatures, organizers said Wednesday night. Organizers have until March 17 to collect signatures.
A total of 1,497,709 valid signatures must be collected and verified to trigger the recall election. Election officials have until April 29 to verify them.
The announcement was made during an online meeting with campaign leaders who are, among other things, unhappy with the governors’ handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Orrin Heatlie, chairman of the California Patriot Coalition, RecallGavin2020 Committee, said: “We have taken another step forward, and we are now entering the last part of this part of the official campaign to remove California Governor Gavin Newsom from power and of his duties. “
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“The people of California are speaking out loud, and we will continue to work tirelessly until the people of California become the final judge and jury on this recall,” said Mike Netter, co-promoter of RecallGavin2020.
On February 19, the campaign claimed to have 1.7 million signatures and delivered 1,094,457 to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, her office confirmed. Of those signatures, 668,202 had been verified by local election officials, a process that must take place before they can be counted. About 140,000 additional signatures were found to be invalid.
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. Those responsible for the effort say they have seen a relatively high verification rate. If this is true, it would mean that 2 million signatures should be more than enough.
When asked about the recall, Newsom repeatedly refused, saying he was focusing on the job that lay ahead as governor.
Newsom, in what amounts to a political counteroffensive, lambasted the state for weeks by opening mass vaccination sites and showing up with local officials who touted his leadership. But many of the governor’s appearances took place off-screen, an unusual event for the charismatic Newsom.
In fact, when he broke the news that seven counties in the state were moving to a less restrictive level of his plan to reopen Covid-19 this week, Newsom did so during an event that did not was broadcast live. This is a big change for Newsom, who is generally not shy about engaging with the media, especially when he has positive news.
The governor’s office said on Wednesday he will appear on camera next week to deliver his third state-of-the-state speech on Tuesday in a virtual presentation to the California Legislature from Los Angeles County .