The ballot may be a little confusing, so we want to make sure you understand what you’re voting on. There are only two questions on the ballot, both related to the special election taking place:
Question 1 asks if Gov. Gavin Newsom should be recalled from office. A ‘yes’ vote means you think he should be recalled, a ‘no’ vote means you think he should remain in office. If more than 50% of voters vote ‘no’, then Gov. Newsom will remain in office.
Question 2 asks who should succeed Gov. Newsom if he is recalled. If more than 50% of voters vote 'yes’ on Question 1, the candidate with the most votes on Question 2 wins the election (with no majority required) and will serve the remainder of Gov. Newsom’s term through January 2023. If you voted ‘no’ on Question 1, you have the option to skip Question 2, if you want.
If you've moved, changed your name, or want to update your political party affiliation, you need to update your voter registration. To check your voter registration status - you can use the “My Voter Status” tool at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov
You can also call the Voter Hotline at 1-800-345-VOTE (8683) for your status.
If you miss the deadline to register to vote 15 days before an election, you still have an opportunity to register and vote. You can go to your local vote center on or before Election Day to complete the conditional voter registration process (often referred to as "Same Day Voter Registration"). You will fill out a voter registration card and given a ballot. Once county election officials have verified your voter registration, your vote will be counted.
Yes, California exceeds Federal requirements for election security. Every vote must be cast on a paper ballot or have a voter verified paper audit trail. Voter equipment used to cast and count ballots must be certified for use in California and kept offline. Elections officials conduct post-election audits, including a manual tally of a sample of ballots, after every election to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the vote count.