California's Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber is announcing that the minimum number of signatures have been gathered in order to hold a special election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. The valid signatures in the latest report are 1,626,042, which exceeds the total of 1,495,709 signatures required. Counties still have until April 29th to verify the validity of any remaining signatures. Election code allows for a 30 business days to revoke their signature if they chose to do so.
“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,” Secretary Weber said. “A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.”
If after this period the recall election still has a sufficient number of signatures, the Department of Finance will have 30 business days to estimate the cost of the recall election. Following that, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will have 30 calendar days to review and comment on those estimates before the Lieutenant Governor sets the date for the recall election.
Additional information regarding the recall election can be found here.