BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - California's recall election is just three weeks away and voters are already casting mail-in ballots.
On the ballot, there are two parts.
The first one states, “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?”
That’s where voters can answer either “Yes” or “No.”
The second statement says, “Candidates to succeed GAVIN NEWSOM as Governor if he is recalled,” and that’s where voters can select from the 46 replacement candidates.
The candidates have listed their political party preference as well as their occupations.
There is also an option to write in a replacement.
If the majority of the votes on the recall question are “No,” then Governor Newsom will continue to be governor.
If the majority of the votes on the recall question are “Yes,” Governor Newsom will be removed from office.
Then, the replacement candidate who receives the highest number of votes will be elected for the remainder of the governor’s term until Jan. 2, 2023.
But voters don’t have to vote on both parts of the recall ballot.
Voters can vote “No” to the question of removing the governor and select a replacement.
Depending on what assembly district you live in, the order of replacement candidates might look different.
The purpose is to follow the state laws regarding ballot rotation, giving each replacement candidate a fair opportunity.
The Butte County Elections Office is expecting a higher turnout compared to the recall election in 2003.
For a list of all Butte County drop box locations, click here.