Election Information

2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election

The California Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing recalls for state officers, including for constitutional offices (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, etc.), state legislators, and justices of the Supreme and Appellate Courts. The recall process is outlined in the California Constitution and the California Elections Code. Recalls have been part of California’s political system since 1911. It provides a mechanism for the public to attempt to remove elected public officials from office before the end of their term of office. 

September 14, 2021 Recall Election Ballot

The September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election ballot will have two parts.

  • There will be a recall question on the ballot:  “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?
  • Following that recall question, all qualified replacement candidates for the office of governor will be listed.  The Certified List of Candidates can be found on online at: https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/statewide-elections/2021-recall/certified-list.pdf.  Write-in replacement candidates for the office of governor can also run in the California Gubernatorial Recall Election.  The Certified List of Write-in Candidates will be available on September 3, 2021.

If a majority of the votes on the recall question are “Yes,” Governor 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 January 2, 2023).  If one-half or more of the votes on the recall question are “No,” Governor Newsom shall remain in office.

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