Petition drive to recall Newsom collects 2M signatures, from 1.5M needed for special election
The effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom announced it has reached 2 million signatures, despite only needing 1.5 million to force a special election.
If 1.5 million signatures are validated, a special election will be held in the 60-80 days following official validation.
“The People of California are speaking loud and clear. We have cleared another milestone. Politics as usual in California are over as we know it to be,” said Orrin Heatlie, Chairman of The California Patriot Coalition, RecallGavin2020 Committee.
Officials in California have until April 29 to validate signatures. The Hill reports that in February, officials had verified 80% of the signatures collected. The Hill says many of the signatures are collected by volunteers.
1.8 million signatures have been submitted to 58 county offices for review.
In a speech Tuesday, Newsom said he and his administration “won’t change course just because of a few nay-sayers and dooms-dayers.”
“So to the California critics, who are promoting partisan power grabs and outdated prejudices, and rejecting everything that makes California truly great, we say this: We will not be distracted from getting shots in arms and our economy booming again. This is a fight for California’s future,” he said.
The recall group had until March 17 to reach 2 million signatures.