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A Resource for the September 14, 2021 Gubernatorial Recall Election.


Mail-In Voting | Voter Registration | Important Dates

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The recall has been part of California’s political system since 1911. It provides a mechanism for the public to attempt to remove elected public officials from office before the end of their term of office. Before a recall election can be initiated, a certain number of voters must sign a recall petition within a specified amount of time.


Mail-In Voting



All registered voters are set to receive a mail-in ballot, and you have the option to mail in your vote by following the instructions on the envelope provided. Once you have filled out the mail-in ballot, you have a few options to return it:

  1. You can mail it to the office of your county elections official on or before election day. You can find information about your county election official here. You can also find their office hours and phone number if you have questions!
  2. You can return your mail-in ballot to a polling location before polls close at 8:00 p.m. on election day.
  3. You can drop off your ballot in one of many county drop boxes.
  4. You can have someone drop off the ballot on your behalf, as long as it’s properly marked on the envelope.

While all registered voters should automatically be eligible and receive a mail-in ballot, if you need a mail-in ballot and haven’t received one you can apply for one here as long as it’s at least seven days before the election.

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Voter Registration



If you still need to register to vote, you have until August 30th to complete your registration. You can do this online. If you’d prefer a paper application to register, you can pick them up at your county elections office or a local DMV. You can also contact Election Division Staff at (800)-345-VOTE(8683) or send them an email here in order to have one sent to you.

If you’re not sure if you’re already registered to vote, you can also check your voter status online to make sure that you’re ready for election day. Even if it’s already passed August 30th, there is also special same day voter registration available at county election offices, polling places, or voting centers. Additional information about same day voting is available here.

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Important Dates



July 21st The Secretary of State finalizes the list of candidates.
August 16th Counties send out vote-by-mail packets and ballots to registered voters.
August 30th Last day to register to vote in the September 14, 2021 Gubernatorial Recall Election
August 31st-September 14th Conditional Voter Registration Period, for those that missed the regular voter registration period.
September 11th-September 14th Voting Centers Open 3 days before election day, and any voter can go to any vote center throughout their county.
September 14th Election Day, Polls open 7:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

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Recall Elections


For many, this may be the first Gubernatorial Recall Election that you’re experiencing, or it may have been long enough that it’s difficult to remember how all of this works. Here is a quick refresher on what the process is for a recall election:

How many signatures are required for a gubernatorial recall?

To qualify a recall of the Governor for the ballot, proponents need a minimum of 1,495,709 valid petition signatures. This is equal to 12 percent of the votes cast for the office of Governor in 2018, which is the last time the office was on the ballot. (Cal. Const., art. II, § 14(b))

What does a recall ballot look like?

Recall ballots have two parts.

In the first part, voters would have the option to vote “yes” or “no” to the question of whether to remove the Governor from office.

In the second part, the voter would have an opportunity to select a replacement candidate. If more than 50% of voters vote to recall the Governor, then the replacement candidate with the most votes would be elected. (Cal. Const., art. II, § 15(c); Elec. Code, §§ 11320, 11322)

Must voters vote on both parts of the recall ballot?

No. Voters can vote on either one or both parts of the recall ballot. A voter can vote “no” to the question of removing the current elected officer from office and also select a replacement candidate.

What happens after the recall election?

If a majority of the voters vote “yes” on the first question, then the recall is successful. The replacement candidate who gets the most votes is elected for the unexpired term of office.

If 50% or more of the voters vote “no” on the first question, then the recall has failed and the officer will remain in office.

For further information and frequently asked questions, visit the Secretary of State’s Recall FAQ.

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Government Sites



California Secretary of State Voter Registration Information : Further information about voter registration, who can vote, and resources about voting in different languages.

Secretary of State Voter Status : Allows you to check if you’re already registered to vote, and that your address and voter information is correct.

Ventura County Voting and Dropbox Locations : Locations of polling places for the September 14th election as well as drop-off locations for mail-in ballots.

Certified List of Candidates: The California Secretary of State’s official certified list of candidates, listing all of the candidates which will be up for vote in the September 14th Gubernatorial Recall election.

Recall Election Process: An in-depth guide of the recall process as a whole in California.

History of Recalls in California: The historical precedent of recall elections in California from 1913 to present.

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This page is created for informational purposes by the Simi Valley Public Library to act as a resource for those seeking more information about the September 14th, 2021 Gubernatorial Recall Election. The information is compiled from official sources whether it be the Secretary of State or Ventura Registrar of Voters, and is not meant to endorse any specific candidate or proposition.

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Last Updated: Aug 12, 2021


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