ROCKLIN, California. (AP) – A generous, monthly review to confirm what is inevitable kicks off on Wednesday. California Gov. Gin Newsom is facing a recall election that could oust the Democrat before his term expires.
Monday’s announcement that Newsom was starting to raise money to defend its position seemed to confirm that it believed the recall organizers had collected enough signatures to put the offer on the ballot.
Still, a number of bureaucratic checkpoints need to be cleared before the Office of the Secretary of State finds out that the election requirements have been withdrawn. The agency is headed by Newsom’s former Democratic lawmaker, Shirley Weber, who was appointed in December.
It should be reminded that the supporters are required to submit almost 1.5 million signatures in order to submit the proposal to the voters. Organizers say they have collected more than 2 million signatures since June. The collections grew in the fall and winter as anger over Newsom’s handling of the epidemic escalated.
Newsom փորձ’s attempt to recall his Democratic allies is seen as a seizure of political power. He tweeted on Monday that he would not be distracted by the experience of “guerrilla” recall “but I will fight against it.”
On Wednesday, the organizers stopped submitting signatures to the district election officials, who have until April 29 to check the authenticity and inform the Secretary of State about the results.
However, given the various legal loopholes that need to be cleared, this could take until September, when election day is set, which strategists on both sides expect to be scheduled for this fall, perhaps in November.
It should be reminded that the organizers believe that Newsom ները the leaders of the Democratic legislature will do their best to postpone the elections, hoping that his luck will turn into the fall of the virus cases, the increase of vaccinations, the reopening of schools and enterprises.
“They can not win the ballot box. “The only way they can win is to delay the system and delay the process,” said Randy Econom, senior adviser, who is confident that supporters of the recall will exceed the required signature threshold.
The fate of a possible recall election will be decided behind closed doors, where state election officials have spent months asking for the signatures to be valid.
When questions arise about the signature, the benefit of the doubt falls to the voter. Political affiliation և race can not be considered. Match the exact match is not required. The “similar characteristics” in the letter are sufficient when the signature of the petition is compared with the one mentioned in the election book.
In trying to fake weeds, reviewers can take into account the inclination of the writing և the font: the distance:. But they must also take into account the possible explanations for any inconsistencies.
Only “signatures with” many, significant, clearly distinguishable properties “that are registered are subject to further review in accordance with state rules. Even then, the two officials must agree beyond a reasonable doubt that the signature is significantly different from disqualifying it.
So far, more than 80% of the submitted signatures have been ratified.
But it is not just a question of petitions.
The revocation offer must go through lengthy steps along the way, including giving voters a 30-day window to withdraw their names if they so choose. Democrats may be pushing for big advertising, urging them to do so.
The dates have not been finalized, but the state Treasury Department is expected to take 30 days to submit its election cost estimate. Democrats say it could exceed $ 80 million. The legislature then receives another month to review the results.
Only after completing these steps can the state formally confirm that sufficient valid signatures have been collected. If that happens, Democratic Lieutenant Colonel Eleni Kunalakis will have to call an election 60-80 days after that point, although a deadline may be set.
Newsom has seen its popularity plummet in recent months as public unrest spread due to the “long business” closure of schools, the still-growing unemployment benefits scandal, the decision to party with friends and lobbyists in a fancy restaurant, while telling residents: stay at home.
In a parking lot in the Rocklin suburb of Sacramento, Shannon Hill և Celeste Montgomery collected signatures in the second half of the day earlier this month, working under a small folding tent with bright yellow-red signs. “Remember Gavin Newsom.”
At lunchtime, more than a dozen people walked or got in the car to sign. The two women այլ gave another voluntary detailed instruction to the signatories, reminding them to use the address where they are registered to vote, to be careful to write in the lines so that their signature is not disqualified.
In 2018, when the former mayor of San Francisco was overwhelmingly elected, no woman voted for Newsom. They are both upset about the closure of schools, which has forced them to make drastic changes at home.
Hill moved from San Diego to Sacramento to be closer to his family after struggling to care for his 1-year-old while helping his 7-year-old navigate virtual learning at home. Montgomery, 31, who is also a mother of two, is sending her 5-year-old son to a private school so he can attend private school, burdening the family budget.
Newsom “gave no one a chance to survive,” Hill complained. “He cut you off from everything; it was literally like a sink or a swimming pool.”
Two Republicans have announced their candidacies: former San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulkner and Republican businessman John on Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018.
Another name being discussed at the GOP is former President Donald Trump’s current director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, who did not respond to requests for comment.