Tuesday is Election Day in the California recall election, which will decide the fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), the 11th recall election in the history of the state.
Voting has been going on for nearly a month already, thanks to early voting and the state’s decision to extend universal vote-by-mail rules adopted in 2020 during the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. Polls will close at 8 p.m. PT, though ballots will be accepted for seven days if they were postmarked by September 14th.
As Capitol Public Radio explained on Monday, results will be largely be reported in three “waves.”
The first wave, which will be released immediately after polls close, consists of mail-in ballots already delivered and counted. Those results are expected to favor a “no” vote on the recall.
The second wave, which will be released over the course of the evening, will count Election Day