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.
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.