Before the pandemic struck, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wasn’t the most popular governor in the country.
But since then, his critics have apparently become even more numerous and vocal. They often called out his handling of the epidemic in 2020.
And now, Newsom critics have hit their goal: 1.6 million signatures.
That’s the number the “Recall Newsom” effort needed to force a recall election vote, and that goal has been met (and then some).
The goal was exactly 1,495,709, and the California Secretary of State confirmed this week that the petition has 1.6 million verified signatures.
This triggers the next phase and from here, Newsom’s career as governor of the Golden State is in some question.
Via Fox News:
This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition.
A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.
If they still have enough signatures after those 30 days, they take the next step.
The Department of Finance then has 30 days to estimate the cost of the recall election, then a budget committee has 30 days to review.
After that, they’ll set a date for the election.
All this means that in just 90 days, Gov. Newsom could be facing a trial date that will determine whether or not he stays in power.
If the trial happens, voters will be asked if Newsom should be removed: “yes” or “no.”
If they vote “yes,” they will then have to select from a list of replacement candidates, a list that hasn’t yet been confirmed.
So far, we’ve heard that former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner plans to run, and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer might give it a shot as well.
Either way, it could be curtains for Newsom in the end.
Newsom isn’t the only Democrat leader under scrutiny for the way they handled the pandemic in 2020, as we’ve seen recently.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has faced similar opposition, for example.
But right now, it’s only Newsom that’s on the recall hot seat — and there’s no knowing if he’ll keep his job in 2021.
- The “Recall Newsom” effort has hit their signature goal.
- This triggers the next steps in the process. And in 90 days, a date could be set for the recall election.
- If enough citizens vote to remove Newsom, the current Governor might be gone before the year is out.