The polls are open in California: Gov. Gavin Newsom seeks to fend off Larry Elder in recall election

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  • Voters are being asked two questions on their ballots: Should Governor Gavin Newsom be recalled? If more than 50% of voters say yes, the next important question will be: Who should replace them?
  • The first polling in the state closes at 8 p.m. PDT and mail-in ballots and early-in-person votes are expected to bring a flood of results.
  • Only twice in American history has a governor been recalled and removed from office; in North Dakota in 1921; and in 2003 in California.

LOS ANGELES – California marks Judgment Day on Tuesday and voters in the nation’s most populous state will have a chance to decide whether to keep Governor Gavin Newsom or recall him.

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There has been a winding road to get here, but Polls have shown Democrats are likely to stick to their job Leading a state that is nationally known to have a moderate tendency.

Whatever the outcome, the election itself is both rare and historic. a Newsom recall Will potentially send shockwaves across the country And throughout the Democratic Party.

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Only twice in American history has a governor been recalled and removed from office; in North Dakota in 1921; and in California in 2003, when Gray Davis was dropped and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Everything You Need To Know:The recall election for California Governor Gavin Newsom is Tuesday. What is at stake here.

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On the eve of the election, Newsom received a boost from President Joe Biden, with whom Commander in Chief telling voters at a campaign rally That “the eyes of the nation are on California.” Biden warned in Long Beach, California on Monday that the consequences of removing the first-term governor would resonate across the country and risk a return to the “dark, disastrous, divisive politics” of former President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner, conservative radio host Larry Elder, whom Biden labeled as a “Trump clone,” predicted victory.

“Make sure your friends vote, vote, vote, and try and vote for 10 more friends and hit every call, every call, knock on every door, if we vote we’ll do this going to win the thing,” Elder said this week.

How the California Recall Works

Voters will be asked two questions on their ballots: Should Newsom be recalled? If more than 50% of voters say yes, the next important question will be: Who should replace them?

Forty-six candidates will appear on the ballot. Elder continues to lead elections in a race to replace Newsom. He will be based in Costa Mesa, Calif., about 40 miles south of Los Angeles, with supporters on Tuesday.

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Other prominent Republican candidates include Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist who starred in the reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”; Kevin Faulkner, former mayor of San Diego; California Assemblyman Kevin Kelly; and John Cox, a businessman who was easily defeated by Newsom in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

The only major Democratic candidate to emerge in the race Kevin Pfrath, a real estate broker and YouTube personality.

When should we expect the final result?

The first polling in the state closes at 8 p.m. PDT and a flood of results are expected from mail-in ballots and early in-person votes. About 37% of the nearly 22 million ballots sent to California voters was returned as of Monday, according to an analysis by Political Data Inc.

Democrats returned a larger share of those ballots than Republicans, meaning early results could show good signs for Newsom. But that may not last long and the number of voters who voted on Tuesday will be crucial in deciding the race.

It historically takes weeks for all votes in California statewide elections to be counted. In 2020, when nearly 18 million people cast ballots, a third of the votes in the presidential election were counted after election night. Two years ago, more than 40% were counted after election day.

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Mailed ballots can arrive up to a week after Tuesday and still be counted, as long as they are postmarked by Sept. This process may take days or weeks. Postal ballots are usually counted in the order they are received, so the last ballot to be counted is the last ballot to arrive.

In 2020, Republicans were far less likely to vote by mail than Democrats because Trump repeatedly claimed that voting by mail was unsafe and susceptible to fraud.

If this trend continues, the results of the recall election could go back and forth on election night, depending on what type of votes are being reported – mail ballots or individual votes.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom welcomes President Joe Biden during a campaign event in Long Beach on Monday night.

Most California voters cast their ballots by mail, a trend that intensified during the pandemic as many voters were reluctant to enter crowded polling places on Election Day. About 87% of California voters cast their ballots by mail in last year’s presidential election.

For Tuesday’s election, a mail ballot was sent to all 22 million registered voters.

Mail ballots take longer to process than individual votes because election officials must remove ballots from envelopes, check voter registration, and ensure that the voter’s signature on the envelope matches the signature on file. eat. Only then the votes can be counted.

When voters vote in person, officials put security measures in place at the polling place so that the votes can be counted immediately after polling closes.

Contribution: The Associated Press

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