Gavin Newsom recall, Governor of California (2020)

Gavin Newsom recall, Governor of California (2020)

2020 Gavin Newsom recall:
Governor of California
Recall status
First recall (ended)
Second recall (ended)
Third recall (ended)
Fourth recall (underway)
Fifth recall (ended)
Table of contents
Recall supporters
Recall opponents
Path to the ballot
See also
External links

An effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was launched on June 10, 2020. Supporters of the recall have until March 17, 2021, to collect the 1,495,709 signatures needed to require a recall election. In total, five recall petitions against Newsom have failed to qualify for the ballot.[1][2]

On November 6, 2020, Superior Court Judge James P. Arguelles extended the signature deadline for the recall from November 17, 2020, to March 17, 2021. Supporters of the recall argued that the signature deadline should be extended by 120 days because the COVID-19 pandemic inhibited their ability to circulate petitions.[3][4]

Recall supporters criticize Newsom over his response to the coronavirus pandemic, tax increases, the high rate of homelessness, sanctuary city policies, suspension of the death penalty, rationing water use, as well as restricting parental rights.

In June 2020, Newsom issued a statement in response to the recall effort. Newsom said that the recall will cost state taxpayers $81 million dollars and is being led by supporters of President Donald Trump (R).

Newsom was elected as California’s governor in 2018 with 61.9% of the vote. Prior to the 2018 election, Jerry Brown (D) served as governor from 2011 to 2019. Since 1911, there have been 55 attempts to recall a sitting California governor. The only recall campaign to succeed was in 2003 when former California Gov. Gray Davis (D) was recalled by voters. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) was chosen as Gray’s replacement.[2][5]

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