Newsom Recall Granted 120 More Days to Collect Signatures

The Recall Gavin 2020 campaign has been given a 120 day extension to collect 1,495,709 signed petitions, which if validated by the Secretary of State, would force Governor Newsom to defend his seat in a special election. The last time there was a recall election, back in October 2003, California’s voters sent Governor Gray Davis into early retirement.

With this extension, the odds have improved on what was an uphill battle. According to lead proponent Orrin Heatlie, the recall campaign has already collected and verified over 700,000 signed recall petitions. Going forward, they have the momentum of over 5,000 volunteers actively circulating petitions who are now veterans, and they no longer have the distraction of what has been a tumultuous election season.

Even if the Newsom recall campaign does not ultimately succeed in forcing a recall election, they have already made history. No grassroots ballot initiative campaign in California, ever, has gathered this many signed petitions while relying solely on volunteer signature gatherers. And the grassroots army that has been mobilized is getting stronger. Win or lose, this will not be their last hurrah.

When reached for comment, Heatlie said “Given this second wind and new life the campaign has, this will rejuvenate the volunteer effort and gives everybody a chance to refocus and charge ahead.”

Giving everybody a chance has never been easier. The recall campaign’s website provides downloadable petitions that can be printed and circulated, as well as an instructional video that provides anyone […] Read More