Organizers of the recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom have collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, state election officials said, likely triggering just the second such election in state history.
“The people of California have done what the politicians thought would be impossible,” Orrin Heatlie, the retired county sheriff’s sergeant who launched the recall effort last year, said. “Our work is just beginning. Now the real campaign is about to commence.”
Heatlie spearheaded the signature collection effort that began in June and picked up momentum in the fall as frustration grew over Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions.
The California secretary of state’s office said that more than 1.6 million signatures had been deemed valid as of Monday, about 100,000 more than required.
An election is likely in the fall, and voters would face two questions: whether Newsom should be recalled and who should replace him.
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