The official recall campaign against California Governor Gavin Newsom has now gathered more than 1.95 million signatures. Organizers have until March 17 to gather signatures. A total of 1, 497, 709 valid signatures must be collected and verified to trigger the recall election. Election officials have until April 29 to verify them. The announcement was made during an online meeting with campaign leaders who are, among other things, dissatisfied with the governors handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The most recent signature verification numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office found that about 83% of the signatures counted by early February were valid. There’s no guarantee that validity rate will hold for the remaining signatures, but if it does, proponents would reach the threshold needed to trigger a special recall election.
“That is more than enough to be able to have this initiative qualify for a special election later this year to let the people finally decide who and what is going to happen with the fate and the future of California Gavin Newsom,” organizers said at the conference.
“We are still setting our sites on getting an additional number of signatures in order to bridge that 2 million mark and we’re excited and hopeful that we’re going to have that in the time we have left,” they continued.