What is a reminder and how does it work?

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Besides this effort to recall Governor Newsom, only one other attempt to recall a California governor, Gray Davis, has never resulted in an election. And California is the only place where a governor’s recall has been around twice. So how does the process work?

A recall petition must be signed by enough registered voters to equal 12% of the turnout in the last governor’s election. Organizers don’t need to give a reason for the recall, but they often do. The petition must include at least 1 percent of the last vote for office in at least five counties. Promoters have 160 days to collect their signatures.

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The signatures must then be reviewed and verified by the California Secretary of State. If petitions reach the threshold – 1,495,709 valid signatures in this case – voters who have signed have 30 business days to change their mind.

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