The recall effort of California Gov. Gavin Newsom will move forward after organizers collected enough signatures.
Only 43signatures were removed in the allotted 30-day period from April 26 to June 8 allowing voters to request theirs to be removed, and 1,719,900 verified signers remain, well above the roughly 1.5 million needed, Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s office announced Wednesday.
A statement said the Department of Finance will now “estimate the costs of the gubernatorial recall” and send the projections to Newsom, the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state, and the chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by Aug. 5.
Once the committee has 30 days to review and comment, the secretary of state will “then certify the sufficiency of signatures pursuant to statute,” the statement added.
“Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens,” leaders behind the recall petition said in specifying their grievances with the governor. “People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights.”
If Newsom prevails in the recall vote, he will be up for reelection in 2022. Although California is a solidly blue state, many on the Right consider a recall election as their opportunity to win it back.
Republicans are already lining up to challenge him, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and reality television star and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner.