|July 16||Candidate filing deadline|
|August 10||Voter Information Guides mailed|
|August 16||Ballots mailed|
|August 16||Voting begins|
|August 30||Deadline to register to vote in this election|
|September 7||Deadline to request a replacement ballot|
|September 14||Election Day - get your ballot in to a polling place or to the Registrar of Voters!|
|October 14||Certification of Election Results|
Remember to read the instructions on the back of the yellow ballot return envelope and SIGN YOUR BALLOT before returning it!
If you have any questions or problems with your ballot or the election, contact the San Bernardino Registrar of Voters
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Toll Free: 800-881-VOTE;
General Information: 909-387-8300
Check to see if you are registered to vote with the California Secretary of State.
Register to Vote: (Deadline to register to vote in the California Recall Election is August 30, 2021.)
WheresMyBallot.SOS.CA.gov uses BallotTrax so that you can set up notifications tracking your ballot through the process. (For instance, it will tell you when your ballot is mailed out to you, when it is received, and when it is counted.)
VotersEdge is a service, a website created by the League of Women Voters. They ask candidates to fill out forms to get basic comparable information on all candidates for the voters.
Your ballot will come with a return envelope (postage already paid)
The instructions on the back of the envelope remind you to sign it before you mail it or put in a ballot box. "Your ballot will not be counted unless you sign in your own handwriting." (They compare it to the signature they have on file from your voter registration.)
There is a lot of misinformation out there. Some of it seems designed to suppress the vote. Here are the main points you should know:
WHETHER YOU VOTED "NO" OR "YES" IN PART 1, YOU CAN VOTE IN PART 2.
BOTH YOUR VOTE IN PART 1 AND YOUR VOTE IN PART 2 WILL BE COUNTED.
Part 2 asks, if the governor is removed from office, who do you want to take his place for the rest of his term. It is a separate question from the question in Part 1. Whether you voted that you want the current governor to stay or to be removed, you can vote who you want to finish his term IF he is removed.
There are a lot of social media posts out there that are LYING about this. They are claiming that you cannot vote on the second part of the ballot if you voted NO on the recall. THIS IS FALSE. You can vote both parts of the ballot. From the Secretary of State's FAQs on the Recall Election:
"Voters can vote on either one or both parts of the recall ballot. A voter can vote “no” to the question of removing the current elected officer from office and also select a replacement candidate."
A lot of factors will go into your decision on how you want to vote in Part 1. You might feel that Governor Newsom's actions saved lives, you might feel that they wrecked the economy, you might just be furious that it is costing California a fortune to run a recall election!
If you vote "no" in Part 1, you are voting to keep Governor Newsom in office.
If you vote "yes' in Part 1, you are voting to remove Governor Newsom from office.
Part 2 of the ballot is more complicated. The California Constitution stipulates that the first question, whether or not to remove someone from office, requires a majority of the votes (50% + 1). If the governor is removed, his replacement is chosen by a plurality of the votes - whoever gets the most votes wins.
There are 46 candidates running to replace the governor. It is certain that more people will vote to keep the governor than will vote for any one candidate to replace him. So we are in the position that, if 48% of the voters vote to keep the governor (with 52% voting to remove him from office) and 7% vote to replace him with Candidate X, and 7% is the highest percentage for any of the 46 candidates, then Candidate X will be our governor until January 2, 2023 even though the Governor had 48% of the voters wanting him to be governor and only 7% of the voters wanted Candidate X.
There is no way to know how Part 1 of the ballot will come out, so please think carefully about how you vote in Part 2.
Q: With 46 candidates to select from, how do you choose?
A: By your values, guided by your experience.
Here is a list of common strategies, just to get you thinking. You may use one or more of them, or have one of your own that you like better.
The bottom line: VOTE!
My plan is to vote this Saturday. I already know how I want to vote on Part 1 of the ballot. I will decide on a strategy and pick someone to vote for on Part 2 of the ballot Saturday morning. My goal is to get to the Post Office before it closes on Saturday and send it in, before it gets buried under papers on all my other projects.
Make a plan. Make sure you get your ballot in on or before September 14. If you really can't choose someone for Part 2 - then just fill out Part 1 and send it in. Every vote counts!