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The California Gubernational Recall Election is taking place now through Election Day, Tuesday, September 14. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s election and how to participate in Claremont.
Why is California having a recall election?
Unsatisfied with current Governor Gavin Newsom, over 1.2 million Californians signed a petition last year calling for the state to begin the process of recalling the Democratic governor.
“California is one of 19 states that allow voters to remove state officials before the end of their term. No reason is necessary—the only requirement to put a recall on the ballot is enough voter signatures. That number must be 12% of voters in the last election for the office, and must include voters in at least five counties,” according to CalMatters.
How do I vote in this election?
Every registered voter in California was sent a special recall election ballot in the mail and should have received it during the last few weeks.
Just two questions are present on the ballot. The first question, “Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled (removed) from the office of governor?” can be answered by filling in either the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ circle. According to CNBC’s Kenin Breuninger, “If more than 50 percent vote ‘yes,’ it’s the end of the road for Newsom.”
The second question asks voters to select the candidate they believe should succeed Governor Newsom if he is recalled. There are 46 candidates to choose from, and guidebooks, which were also mailed to voters, include biographies and party affiliation, if any, of each candidate.
How can I vote?
Participants can vote using their mail-in ballots or by going to an in-person voting center in their city.
Where can I vote in Claremont?
The Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder is staffing an in-person voting center at Taylor Reception Hall, 1775 North Indian Hill Blvd. The voting center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through September 13, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Tuesday, Election Day. Mail-in ballots may also be returned to this polling place no later than the closing time of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Vote-by-mail ballots can be dropped off at any U.S. Post Office location or drop box but must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
Mail-in ballots can also be placed any time of day—but no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day—in the designated ballot drop boxes located on the Harvard Avenue side of the Claremont Helen Renwick Library and at the west entrance of the Alexander Hughes Community Center.
What if I have questions?
If you have any other questions regarding this year’s recall election or how to vote in Claremont, residents are encouraged to call the city at (909) 399-5460.