The polls were closed in recall elections in California that will determine whether Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is removed from office.
To stay in power, Newsom will need to garner a majority vote. Newsom has repeatedly asked his supporters to focus on voting ‘no’ on the recall and to leave a second question blank asking who of the 46 candidates should replace the governor.
If voters remove the governor, a recall competitor needs a plurality of votes to win. Dozens of Republican candidates, including former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Congressman Kevin Kiley have stepped forward to challenge Newsom, although conservative radio host Larry Elder has become a favorite among GOP voters.
There are also nine Democrats, ten independents, two members of the Green Party and a libertarian on the ballot.
In California, a recall is triggered when a petition can collect a number of signatures equal to 12% of the total votes cast the last time the seat was opened. For this recall effort, just under 1.5 million signatures were required. The recall movement has amassed over 1.6 million verified signatures.
Californians have been voting early for weeks; it is not known how soon the results can be expected. Election experts say it will depend on the number of early polls and the number of in-person votes on Tuesday.
The results could arrive a few hours after the polling stations close at 8 a.m. afternoon Peaceful weather. However, if the race is tighter than expected, the count could go on for weeks.
Nearly 40 percent of registered voters had already voted before Tuesday’s election, with Democratic ballots twice as many as Republicans. Yet Republicans should vote overwhelmingly in person rather than by mail.
Officials have 30 days to complete their official canvassing and must hand in the postal ballots, postmarked on election day, one week to arrive, depending on the New York Times. The certified count is not expected to take place until October 22, as each of California’s 58 counties strives to process the ballots.
If polls are to be believed, Newsom is likely to stay in power: A recent poll shows 57.3% of likely voters would vote to keep Newsom in power while 41.5% would vote to remove him, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Additionally, the state is dominated by Democrats, with the party controlling the state legislature and all state offices.
Yet despite the fact that Newsom was elected in a landslide three years ago, Californians have become frustrated with the governor over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as outbreaks of sans. – shelters and drugs from the state and the exorbitant cost of living.
The first exit polls conducted by Edison Research on behalf of the National Election Pool showed that a third of voters believe COVID-19 remains the biggest problem for the state, while a fifth of respondents said without -abrism, one in six said the economy and wildfires, respectively, and just under one tenth said crime.
Additionally, the poll showed 45% of the electorate believe Newsom’s COVID-19 policies are reasonable, while about a third said the policies were too strict and the rest said they weren’t. were not enough.
Californians were almost evenly spread over the state of California’s economy, with about half saying it is good or great and the rest calling it not so good or bad. Six in ten voters said the cost of living in the state was at least somewhat unmanageable.
The Newsom team remained confident on Tuesday evening before the polls closed, with advisers telling CNN they had not seen an increase in GOP turnout that would be able to exceed their lead on votes. anticipated.
Still, an adviser told CNN that even though the “election day vote doesn’t appear to be on fire,” it is a bit too “early to say” definitively. A senior Elder aide told the outlet that the Republican’s team believed voter turnout on election day was high and that “modeling is off” because the state has not held a recall election since. 18 years old.
The aide predicted Elder would receive strong support from independents.
If voters choose to recall Newsom, it would only be the second time Californians have removed a governor in state history: Democrat Gray Davis was recalled in 2003 and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Meanwhile, Elder would be California’s first black governor if elected.