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California's Gubernatorial Recall Election

All registered California voters have until September 14, 2021, to cast their vote in the gubernatorial recall election. Make a plan to vote and educate yourself on what you’re voting on. 

In this election, all California voters will receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot.

3 ways to make your vote count.

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 


Can I pre-register to vote in California?

Yes, to pre-register to vote in CA, you must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old; and 
  • Meet all the other eligibility requirements to vote

After pre-registering to vote you will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthdaty. 

What if I need to check my voter registration status?

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.

What if I miss the voter registration deadline? 

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. 

Is my vote secure? 

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.

How can I get up-to-the-minute election results?

• Statewide election vote counts can be found at electionresults.sos.ca.gov

• Follow  @CASOSvote on Twitter

 • Sign up for E-updates at https://goo.gl/BB7zb4

How can I track my mail-in ballot? 

Visit https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/ to determine the status of your mail-in ballot or call (800) 815-2666