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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election

Only 43 out of more than 1.7 million signatures have been withdrawn from petitions to recall the Golden State Democrat.

Updated: June 23, 2021 - 9:58pm

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election as only 43 out of more than 1.7 million signatures were withdrawn from petitions to recall the Democratic state official.

The remaining number of signatures is more than 200,000 over the number required to force a recall election.

While enough verified signatures had been secured in April, due to state law voters were provided a 30-day period from April 26 to June 8 to ask county officials to nix their signatures from recall petitions, a press release from the California secretary of state's office explained.

"California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. notified the Department of Finance (DOF) by letter today that county elections officials reported a total of 43 signatures have been withdrawn statewide from petitions to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, and that the remaining 1,719,900 verified signatures still meet the threshold to initiate a recall election," the press release states.

"Secretary Weber's letter to the Department of Finance triggers the next phase of the recall process in which the DOF will estimate the costs of the gubernatorial recall if it is held as a special election and if it is held as part of the next regularly scheduled election. These estimated costs must be submitted to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, and the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) by August 5. Once the JLBC has had 30 days to review and comment, the Secretary of State will then certify the sufficiency of signatures pursuant to statute," the release says.