How Important Is the Recall Election?
Updated: Aug 29
Among the current chaos of our country, world, and even California’s climate struggles, chances are that any media coverage or commercial about the September 14 gubernatorial recall election has been drowned by various other pressing headlines.
Starting September 4, 2021, in-person polling sites across the state will open for all registered voters. All absentee ballots have already been sent out. On the ballot, The first question asks, “Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?” A vote yes is against Newsom, while a vote no is to keep him in office. The second part allows you to choose from a list of “candidates to succeed Gavin Newsom as Governor if he is recalled.
According to recent polls, many CA Democrats are unaware of the election, making them unlikely to vote. Without a strong Democratic turnout, Newsom will be recalled and replaced by the candidate with the most votes, even if that is just 20% of the overall vote. Governor Newsom has played an essential role in CA's leadership in climate action. He is currently aiming for carbon neutrality by 2035 and has been working closely with the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Air Resources Board to reach the target.
Currently, Larry Elder, a conservative talk-show host, is a leading candidate in the case that Newsom is recalled. In addition to eliminating the minimum wage and repealing mask mandates, Elder plans to suspend the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which reduces the environmental impacts of proposed state building projects. Elder has expressed his concern over climate change "alarmists" and often skepticizes the severity of the climate crisis.
If you are eligible, we need your vote. If your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc are eligible, we need their vote. Democracy lies in the hands of the people, so it is up to us to protect California, the health and wellbeing of its citizens, and the planet. For more information about the recall election and how to vote, visit https://calmatters.org/gavin-newsom-recall-election/.
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