Newsom Recall Campaign Announces “More Than Enough” Signatures Collected As March 17 Deadline Nears

The organizers behind efforts to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that they have already surpassed the required number of signatures needed to force a recall election of the  Democratic governor as the deadline nears.

The “Recall Gavin Newsom 2020” announced over the weekend that they’ve already collected 1.95 million signatures for their petition days ahead of the final deadline to qualify for a statewide ballot on March 17.

The founder of the California Patriot Coalition, Orrin Heatlie, said the campaign is still aiming to reach more signatures and “in order to bridge that 2 million mark” — as it anticipates possible signatures that’ll be invalidated in the process.

To qualify for a ballot, the campaign is required to collect at least 1.5 million signatures. Reports said, according to Randy Economy, senior advisor to the “Recall Gavin Newsom 2020” the campaign had an 82% validation rate.

“The effort to recall Gavin Newsom says that they’ve collected 1.95 million signatures as of today. 1.6 million were collected by volunteers, they say,”Sophia Bollag, who covers California politics wrote on Twitter. “They need nearly 1.5 million of those signatures to be determined to be valid to qualify the recall for the ballot.”

@GavinNewsom recall effort reaches 1.95 signatures, providing cushion to have 1.5 valid signatures,” Just the News media also posted.

“California Recall Campaign: We Have the Signatures to Recall Gavin Newsom… via @BreitbartNews,” Joel Pollak of Breitbart News wrote.

Meanwhile, other supporters of the movement are announcing on social media that the campaign has already gathered over two million signatures — a week ahead of the deadline.

Organizers need to submit signatures on March 17. Should the effort to present 1.5 million valid signatures from registered California voters, succeed, a recall election will reportedly take place later this year. 

“One thing we want to let everybody know here, especially to the politicians across the street and the lobbyists that have destroyed California’s dream for decades and generations is that your game’s over,” Randy Economy of the “Recall Gavin Newsom 2020” said. “From now on, the people are in charge of California.”  

The Sacramento Bee also reported separately that leaders of the campaign did confirm on Sunday to have collected 1.95 million signatures a little more than a week before the deadline — and noted that supporters “are confident they’ve collected enough.”   

Efforts to oust the Democratic governor intensified amid backlash due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. California now tops the US in terms of both COVID-19 cases and related deaths, surpassing New York as the state with the most deaths from the pandemic.

In November 2020, the California Governor also came under fire for violating his own coronavirus restrictions when he was caught attending a friend’s birthday at one of California’s most exclusive restaurants.

The Democratic governor’s approval rating has plummeted to 46% in late January from the 64% seen in September 2020.

Meanwhile, if held, voters would be asked two questions: Do they want to recall Newsom; and, if more than 50% of voters say “yes,” the next question is which candidate should replace him in that eventually. 

Meanwhile, — who said they are a “nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works” — said there’s no limit on the number of candidates who can run to replace an official on a recall ballot. 

“Whoever gets the most votes wins — even without a majority,” the group wrote, explaining that this means “it’s entirely possible that someone could be elected in a recall while winning less than half the votes” such as when Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced then-Governor Gray Davis in 2003.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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