Gubernatorial recall election is on ballot

| September 2, 2021 | 0 Comments


Local voters beware — there are three recall elections in the works.

Gavin Newsom

This month, voters in the state will cast ballots by Tues., Sept. 14 for the California Gubernatorial Recall Election. “Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?” reads the first question on the ballot. The second question asks the voter to pick a candidate to succeed Newsom, listing 46 candidates who qualified for the ballot. If a majority of the votes for the first question is “yes,” Newsom will be removed and replaced with the candidate receiving the highest number of votes on the second question. The new governor will serve for the remainder of the governor’s term of office, ending Jan. 2, 2023. 

Nithya Raman

A petition for the recall of CD4 Councilmember Nithya Raman was approved for circulation on July 9 by the Los Angeles City Clerk.

Raman, who represents almost all of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council area, as well as a number of central neighborhoods including Miracle Mile, Park LaBrea,  the Hollywood Hills and Silver Lake, plus Sherman Oaks and other parts of the San Fernando Valley, is facing the recall effort because some of the recall petitioners are upset, in part, over her handling of the city’s homelessness crisis.

To get the recall effort on a ballot, petitioners will have until Nov. 4 to collect signatures from at least 27,405 qualified registered voters — a number that represents 15 percent of the districts’ registered voters.

If enough signatures are gathered, organizers of the recall effort anticipate a Special Election will be held sometime between April 29 and June 5, 2022.

George Gascón

The campaign to recall Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, which was approved to begin gathering signatures in late May, has until Oct. 27 to collect nearly 580,000 valid signatures to get the question on the Los Angeles County ballot.

With such a high number of signatures needed, all eyes are on the signature gathering process. Recall supporters reported in early August that they had reached 175,000 signatures, but, with the impending deadline approaching, opponents of the recall campaign are encouraged by the slow pace of signature collection.


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