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North State counties begin counting signatures in Gov. Gavin Newsom recall effort

Time is up for Newsom recall supporters to submit their signatures. Action News Now is checking in on how many signatures counties in the North State have received so far.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 6:16 PM

CHICO, Calif. - People in Chico are divided about recalling California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

"I know he's not perfect, but a lot of people are not perfect,” Chico resident, Madison Long said.

"It makes me feel good honestly,” Chico resident, Ruby Green explained. “Seeing that people care and want to make a change."

The recall attempt against Gov. Newsom is a hot topic around Chico.

"I appreciate the effort people are putting into this campaign and I know he was trying to do a good job and protect people in the beginning of the pandemic, but I think the restrictions have been excessive and need to lift more so we can get more money into our economy,” Green said.

RELATED: As signature collection ends, California heads toward recall

"He's not perfect and you may want a different person in there and that's okay," Long said. "I don't think he is the end all be all perfect person, but I think he did well with how he responded."

So far, Modoc County has counted nearly 1,200 signatures. Glenn has received almost 3,000. Tehama has counted almost 6,000 and Shasta County has counted almost 2,400.

Butte County received its signatures Wednesday and plans to count them over the next couple of days.

Election offices from all of these counties have until April 29 to submit all their verified signatures to the state.

On Tuesday, the state finance department announced it is expected to take 30 days to figure how much this election will cost.

Supporters say they have collected over 2 million, though hundreds of thousands remain unverified by election officials.

It could take until September to set an election date, if it qualifies.

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