Every vote matters in every election. The California Gubernatorial Recall Election is on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. We encourage you to make a plan to vote, research how candidates may or may not align with your priorities, and cast your vote by September 14!
Here are some resources to help you navigate the upcoming California recall election:
When is the California Gubernatorial Recall Election?
Election Day is Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Every registered voter will get a ballot in the mail, and local election offices started sending out ballots on August 16. Haven’t received your ballot? Track when your ballot was mailed here.
How can I check my registration status or register to vote?
Check your registration status here. The deadline to register to vote was Monday, August 30, but you can apply for Conditional Voter Registration here.
What will be on the ballot?
There are only two questions on this ballot.
- “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?”
This question requires a yes or no answer. A YES vote is against Newsom and is to remove him from office. A NO vote is for Newsom and to keep him as governor.
- “Candidates to succeed GAVIN NEWSOM as Governor if he is recalled: [followed by a list of candidates]”
Regardless of how you vote on the first question, the second question is a chance to vote for whom you want to replace Newsom if he is recalled. Note that you can’t write in “Gavin Newsom”; state law doesn’t permit him to replace himself. If you write him in, it won’t count.
Who is running to replace Governor Newsom?
Check out the 46 candidates, including politicians, media celebrities, activists, and Californians from all walks of life, by referring to the Official Certified List of Candidates.
How do I return my ballot?
- Return by Mail
Your ballot must be returned or postmarked by September 14 and received no later than 7 days after. No postage is required.
- Ballot Drop Box
Drop off your ballot at a secure ballot drop box by 8:00 pm on September 14. Find a drop box here.
- In-Person Voting
Safe and accessible in-person voting will be available beginning Saturday, September 4. Vote centers offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day, September 14! Find your polling place here.
You can also check if your ballot was received and counted. Sign up here for text, email, or voice status alerts.