Democrats could reform 'weaponized' California recall system

California Democrats could seek changes to the state's recall election system.

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 4:28 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours after California Gov. Gavin Newsom beat back a recall election that could have removed him, his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature said they will seek changes to make it more difficult to challenge a sitting governor.

Newsom said Wednesday that the recall process has been "weaponized."

Possible reforms include increasing the number of signatures needed to force a recall election and requiring wrongdoing on the part of the officeholder.

Newsom on Tuesday became only the second governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall.

The decisive victory ensures that the nation's most populous state remains a laboratory for progressive policies.

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