Democrats in the California legislature are pushing to make it harder to recall on the ballot
The day after outright defeating an attempt to oust him, California Gov. Gavin Newsom voiced his support for an effort to make it harder for Golden Staters to recall elected officials.
“I think the recall process has been weaponized,” Newsom said Wednesday.
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Nearly 64% of Californians voted against removing No-Earth from office in Tuesday’s recall election, with only 36% voting to oust the Democratic governor for the first time, according to the latest unofficial results from election officials. . Newsom’s margin beat expectations, topping the final opinion polls going into the election, which suggested the governor would survive by a very small double-digit margin.
Democratic state lawmakers, who hold a super majority in both chambers of the California legislature, are already pushing to implement changes to make it harder to launch the recall in the future. Among the changes: increasing the number of signatures required to be recalled on the ballot, raising the standards for wrongdoing by elected officials, and changing the current procedure. Currently, the candidate who wins the most votes among replacement candidates – no matter how small their total – becomes governor if the recall is successful.
The signatures of 1.5 million California voters — 12% of the total voters who voted in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election — were required to be recalled on the ballot. This 12% limit is far lower than many of the other 18 states that allow governor recalls.
A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would require the lieutenant governor to end the term of a governor who has been removed from office through a recall.
But such efforts are facing backlash from the organizers of the recall.
“They are acting against the will of the people when they take such actions to limit our ability to self-govern,” said Orrin Heatley, the main proponent of the recall effort, AP. told.
A survey conducted in June by Public Policy Institute of California indicated that 86% of potential California voters approved of there being a way to recall elected officials. But the survey indicated that even two-thirds of potential voters supported major or minor changes, with a large partisan divide on the extent of the changes.