Vote in upcoming recall election

Recall election

Grant Phillips, Ojai Valley News reporter


Ballots have started arriving for the Sept. 14 election on whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should be recalled and, if so, who should replace him.

A total of 46 candidates are listed on the ballot, as well as a write-in option. A full certified list of write-in candidates will be available Sept. 3.

Voters have three options to return ballots:

1. Official Ballot Drop Box (Accepting ballots now)

- Located at Ojai City Hall and Ventura County Fire Station #23 in Oak View

2. Vote Centers open Sept. 11 to 14

- Located at Ojai Unified Methodist Church and Oak View Community Center

3. By mail, which requires no additional postage

People do not have to cast their ballots at a local voting site.

The recall ballots will have two parts. A voter can vote “No” or “Yes” on the issue, ”Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor.” If voting “Yes”, a list of qualified replacement candidates will be listed, along with their qualified political party preference. Voters can vote “No” on the recall question, and also select a replacement candidate.

If a majority of the voters on the recall question vote, “Yes,” Newsom shall be removed from office and the replacement candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected for the remainder of the governor’s term of office (ending Jan. 2, 2023). If one-half or more of the voters on the recall question vote “No,” Governor Newsom shall remain in office.

If a new governor is elected, on the 38th day after the election, the secretary of state will certify the election results, and the new governor would take the oath of office Oct. 22.

Since the addition of the power of the initiative, referendum, and recall was added to the California Constitution in 1911, only Gov. Gray Davis has been recalled, in 2003.

Residents can register to vote up until Aug. 30 by visiting After Aug. 31, voters must register in-person at the Ventura County Elections Division or at a Vote Center.

Election results will be released Sept.14, shortly after 8 p.m., which will include include Vote-B- Mail ballots processed and Election Night ballots cast in person as they are received and processed. The final count and certification will be completed no later than 30 days from the election on Oct. 14.

An additional General Election for California will be held, Nov. 8, 2022.

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