RECALL OF CALIFORNIA’S EXECUTIVE BRANCH

RAN Action Fund filed the required official paperwork against the seven California executive branch officials with the California Secretary of State’s Office.

 

The officials who have received recall notices are:

  1. Gavin Newsom – Governor

  2. Eleni Kounalakis – Lt Governor

  3. Alex Padilla – Secretary of State

  4. Xavier Becerra – Attorney General

  5. Betty Yee – State Controller

  6. Fiona Ma – Treasurer

  7. Ricardo Lara – Insurance Commissioner

RECALL - Current Status

RAN Action Fund completed steps one–eight (1–8) of the recall process when the California Secretary of State’s office rejected approx. one–two (1-2) signatures on each petition stating the signatures did not match. This rejection required the signatures be gathered again and resubmitted. The work completed on steps six-eight (6-8) can and will be resubmitted as it has received prior approval by the California Secretary of State’s office.

RECALL PROCEDURE STEPS

STEP 1 - PREPARE THE NOTICE OF INTENTION TO RECALL (ELEC §11006)

Collection of signatures from registered voters - Minimum 65 for executive level offices qualified for June 2018. All signatures are verified by the election officials.*

STEP 2 - SERVE AND FILE THE NOTICE OF INTENTION (ELEC §11006)

 Served on Gavin Newsom August 1, 2019

STEP 3 - PUBLISH THE NOTICE OF INTENTION (GOV §6000 et seq: ELEC §11022-11023)

Published NOI for Gavin Newsom on August 8, 2019

STEP 4 - OBTAIN AND FILE PROOF OF PUBLICATION (ELEC §11042)
STEP 5 - ANSWER OF RECALLEE (ELEC §11023)

Recallee has seven (7) days after the filing date to respond. Recallee is not required to respond.

Gavin Newsom filed his response on August 9, 2019

STEP 6 - PREPARE THE RECALL PETITION (ELEC §11041, §11043.5)
STEP 7 - RECEIVE APPROVAL OF THE RECALL PETITION (ELEC §11042)
STEP 8 - DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec. 14(b); ELEC §11221(c)) 

Registered Voter's signatures must be gathered from no less than five (5) Counties.

STEP 9 - CIRCULATE THE RECALL PETITION (ELEC §102-103, §11045, §11047, §11108(b), §11303)
STEP 10 - FILE THE PETITIONS (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec 14(a);ELEC §11102-11103)

One Hundred & Sixty (160) days from the date the Secretary of State notifies the proponents the petition has been approved.

STEP 11 - DUTIES OF THE COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS (ELEC §9031(b), §11104, §11107, §11108)

Counties have thirty (30) business days to verify all signatures.

STEP 12 - DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec 14(c);ELEC §11108, §11109)

 Secretary of State verifies the certified signature count from each county. 

STEP 13 - DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET COMMITTEE (ELEC §11108)

FJLB has thirty (30) days to provide a recall election cost estimate.

STEP 14 - NOTICE OF RECALL ELECTION (ELEC §11110)
STEP 15 - RECALL ELECTION (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec 15(a); (ELEC §11110)

LEGEND

* Secretary Of State rejected registered voter signatures pushing the accepted number of signatures below the legal threshold by one–two (1-2) signatures for each petition. The process has been re-initiated.

If at any time during this process the proponents have not met a requirement the proponents must go back to step one.

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Simplified version adapted from Secretary of State Official Document

How to Identify a Legitimate Recall

  1. A legitimate Recall names the elected official(s) that are the subject of the recall.

  2. A legitimate Recall requires all petitions be signed in person, aka “live”.

  3. A legitimate Recall checks to ensure all petitions are signed by registered voters.

  4. A legitimate Recall must have a Campaign Finance Committee (FPPC#) registered with the State to record and manage all donations for the recall.

    • The Campaign Committee Title must include the reason a committee is being formed i.e. “to recall” along with the name(s) of the recallee(s).
    • This is mandatory to raise funds for ANY recall.

California Campaign Committee Lookup:

http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/

Warning Signs - Your Data is Being Mined

1. You are asked to sign an online petition and make a donation towards “a recall”. This is data mining not a legitimate recall effort.

  • State law requires all petitions have original (live) signatures.
  • State law requires that each signature is that of a registered voter.
  • State law requires the signature match that of the registered voter.

       No online petition or online activity will satisfy any required step in the recall process. All signatures must be live and verifiable. No exceptions.

2. The requester has an FPPC # that does not include the recallee name(s) or indicate the Committee has been formed for a recall effort.

3. Donations made to a FPPC# that does not indicate it’s purpose is for a recall are subject to being used for whatever purpose the Committee sees fit.

Role of Take California Back in the Recall Process

Take California Back will publish procedural recall requirements, status of the current/upcoming recalls and manage the grassroots support and recall volunteers.