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The effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom surpassed the necessary number of signatures to land on the ballot later this year.
California Secretary of State’s office said on Monday that 1,626,042 signatures have been submitted and verified, ABC7 reports. To qualify, 1,495,709 signatures were needed.
“This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition,” California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber said in a statement, per Daily Wire. “A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.”
ABC7 reports counties still have until April 29 to submit the rest of the verified signatures. Individuals will have a 30-day period to withdraw their signatures, after that.
The article states former State Senator Don Perata has launched an effort to encourage people to remove their names from the petition, but ABC7 reports even Newsom’s team believes it is “unlikely the effort will ultimately be successful in blocking the recall.”