The official impeachment campaign against California Governor Gavin Newsom has gathered more than 1,927,000 signatures, organizers announced Wednesday night. Organizers have until March 17 to collect signatures.
A total of 1,497,709 valid signatures must be collected and verified to trigger the recall election. Election officials have until April 29 to verify them.
The announcement was made during an online meeting with campaign leaders who, among other things, are unhappy with the governors’ handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Orrin Heatlie, Chairman of the California Patriots Coalition, RecallGavin2020 Committee said: “We have passed another milestone and are now entering the home stretch of this part of the official campaign to remove California Governor Gavin Newsom from power and the post”.
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“The people of California are speaking loud and clear, and we will continue to work tirelessly until the people of California become the final judge and jury for this retreat,” said Mike Netter, co-proponent of RecallGavin2020.
On February 19, the campaign claimed to have 1.7 million signatures and had delivered 1,094,457 to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, her office confirmed. Of those signatures, 668,202 had been verified by local election officials, a process that must be carried out before they can be counted. An additional 140,000 signatures were found to be invalid.
The organizers of the recall have indicated that they would like to submit 2 million signatures to ensure there are enough valid entries to guarantee success. Leaders of the effort say they have seen a relatively high verification rate. If that’s true, it would mean that 2 million signatures should be more than enough.
When asked about the recall, Newsom has repeatedly objected, saying he was concentrating on the job before him as governor.
Newsom, in what amounts to a political counteroffensive, has been storming the state for weeks opening mass vaccination sites and showing up with local officials who have extolled his leadership. But many of the governor’s appearances have been off-camera, unusual for the charismatic Newsom.
In fact, when he announced the news that seven counties in the state were moving to a less restrictive tier of their Covid-19 reopening plan this week, Newsom did so at an event that was not publicly broadcast live. That’s a big change for Newsom, who generally doesn’t mind interacting with the media, especially when he has positive news.
The governor’s office announced Wednesday that he will appear before the House next week to deliver his third state of the state address Tuesday in a virtual presentation to the California Legislature from Los Angeles County.