To put a recall of a statewide elected official on the ballot in California, organizers must collect voter signatures equal to 12% of votes cast in the most recent election for that office. The petition to recall Governor Newsom contained more than enough valid signatures to hold a recall election.

On the recall election ballot, voters will be asked only two questions:

  • Should the governor be recalled from office?
  • If the governor is recalled, who should take his place?

If more than 50% of voters answer “yes” to the first question, Gov. Newsom will be recalled, and the candidate who receives the most votes from the second question will replace him. It is not required that one of the 46 successor candidates receive more than 50% of the vote to win.

The subject of a recall cannot run as their own replacement.