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September 14, 2021 California Recall Election

What is the Recall Election? 


In Santa Clara County, if you are registered to vote, a paper ballot should have been mailed to you. 

​There are two questions on the ballot for this September 14 special election: 

  1. Do you want to recall the governor (remove him from office)?   Mark Yes or No.

  2. If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?   Choose one candidate.

No matter how you answer question 1, you can still vote for a replacement candidate.

How are the Votes Counted?

  • If more than 50% of voters say “no” to the first question, the governor remains in office.

  • If more than 50% of voters say “yes” to the first question, the person who gets the most votes on the second question becomes the governor.

  • A replacement candidate does NOT need more than 50% of the votes to win. The candidate who receives more votes than any of the other candidates will become the new governor.  

See also the CA Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions

Are You Registered to Vote?

If you are not registered to vote--no problem! You can still vote in this election in Santa Clara County by going to a voting location. You can register and vote on the same day – all the way up through Election Day, Tuesday, September 14.  See Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters information on this vote by mail election.  


Where Can I Learn More?

  •!!!!   A popular production of the League of Women Voters and MapLight.
    See self-supplied profiles of many candidates, information about financing of the campaigns, newspaper interviews with many candidates, and more!

  • View the slideshow of a virtual meeting about the Recall Election Process hosted by LWV Southwest Santa Clara Valley on August 14. Or see a video of the meeting with speakers are Ann Ravel, former Federal Election Commission member and Shannon Bushey, Registrar of Voters of Santa Clara County.

  • Candidate 10-Year Party Preference History (from CA Secretary of State)

Print a flyer to hand information about this election to someone else!

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