The effort to recall Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom has more than enough signatures to proceed, the state’s election official said Wednesday.
Backers of the recall passed the 1.5 million signature threshold in April, but there was then a 30-day period where people who wanted to withdraw their signatures were given a chance to do so.
Just 43 signatures were withdrawn, leaving 1,719,900 verified signatures to initiate the recall election, the California Secretary of State’s Office said in a statement. Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber on Wednesday notified the state finance department of the result.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, there have been 54 efforts to recall California governors since the power was put in the state constitution in 1911.
Only one succeeded. Gov. Gray Davis was recalled in 2003, and he was replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Only 10 recall efforts have actually made it on the ballot since 1913, and only Gray’s involved a governor. Three state senators and two Assembly members have been successfully recalled.
The state Department of Finance will now estimate the cost of the recall. State analysts have estimated the cost to be $215 million.
The lieutenant governor will set the date, although state laws affect that.