Gavin Newsom Recall Timeline

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Best estimates as of March 22, 2021

March 17—Deadline for submitting petitions. Proponents claim to have submitted 2.1 million signatures, which should give them enough of a cushion to reach the 1,495,709 necessary to qualify after invalid signatures, which currently account for around 20% of the total, are eliminated.

April 29—Deadline for Registrars in all 58 Counties to verify signatures.

May 9—Deadline for Secretary of State to notify Counties of total signature count.

May 10 – June 21—Time period for voters to request withdrawal of their name from the recall petitions.

July 6—Deadline for the Counties to notify the Secretary of State of the final signature tally after voter withdrawal window.

July 6 – August 17—Time period for the Department of Finance to analyze the cost of the recall.

August 17 – September 16—Window for the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, chaired by Senator Nancy Skinner, to hold hearings and comment on the DOF’s cost analysis.

September 17—Likely date Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber certifies the recall election.

September 17—Likely date Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis sets the date for the recall election.

November 16, 23 or 30—Likely dates for the recall special election.

59 days before election—Filing deadline for candidates wishing to run to replace Governor Gavin Newsom should he be recalled.


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