Candidate Filing Deadline for California Gubernatorial Recall Election is Set

Friday, July 16, 2021 is the deadline for the California recall election candidates.

California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (D) announced on July 1 that a recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) would take place on Sept. 14.

The deadline for candidates to file certain documentation, such as their past five years’ tax returns, personal financial disclosures, nomination signatures, and a declaration of candidacy is July 16.

The secretary of state’s office issued a recall election calendar and a list of qualifications for running for governor in this election and will publish the names of all official candidates on its website on July 17.

The recall election will present voters with two questions:

🔹The first will ask whether Newsom should be recalled.

🔹The second will ask who should succeed Newsom if he is recalled.

If a majority of voters approve the first question, Newsom will be recalled from office, and the candidate with the most votes on the second question becomes governor. 

In the 2003 California recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis (D), Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) was chosen among 135 candidates as Davis’ replacement.

 Sixty-one candidates have filed statements of intention to run in the recall election as of July 9, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R), 2018 gubernatorial candidate John Cox (R), former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose (R), and Caitlyn Jenner (R).


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