How does a Recall Election work?

The election will be held on the 14th day of September, 2021 to determine whether Gavin Newsom, Governor of the State of California, shall be recalled. There will be two questions on the ballot. Should the governor be recalled? If he is recalled, who will replace him?

Voters Edge has information on all candidates who have provided information.



How does a Recall Election work?
  • There will be two questions on the ballot that every eligible Californian can vote on: 
    1. Do you want to recall the governor (remove him from office)?
    2. If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?
  • If more than 50% of voters say “no” to the first question, the governor remains in office.
  • If more than 50% of voters say “yes” to the first question, the person who gets the most votes on the second question becomes the governor.
  • A replacement candidate does NOT need more than 50% of the votes to win, they simply need more votes than any of the other candidates.
  • You don’t need to answer both questions! You can answer just the first or second question, or both. It’s your choice.
  • No matter how you answer question 1 you can still vote for a replacement candidate. 
When is the California Governor Recall Election?
  • The 2021 California Governor Recall Election is on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Make sure you are registered to vote at
  • Vote early! Return your ballot early by mail or by dropping it off, or vote in person: find out where at
When is the Voter Registration Deadline? What Do I Do If I Miss It?
  • The deadline to register for the 2021 California Governor Recall Election is Monday, August 30, 2021. Register today at
  • Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Check 
  • Missed the August 30 voter registration deadline? No problem! You can still vote in this election! If you missed the deadline go to a polling place or the Registrar of Voters office to get a conditional ballot. You can register and vote on the same day – all the way up through Election Day, Tuesday, September 14.
  • REGISTRAR OF VOTERS Tim Dupuis, Registrar of Voters, 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 272-6973, (510) 272-6982 Fax, Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Can I Vote if I Have a Criminal Conviction?
  • In California you may vote as long as you are not currently serving a state or federal prison sentence. 
  • Once you’ve completed your sentence, your right to vote is automatically reinstated – even if you are on parole or probation. You just have to register to vote.
  • Check here for more detailed information about your right to vote. 

Track My Ballot
Alameda County has an online tool for tracking your ballot’s progress. Sign up at Track My Ballot to get notifications by email, text, or phone when your ballot is mailed, received, and counted. The tool is available in nine languages.


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