Conservatives in and out of California were giving each other digital high-fives this week as the Recall Gavin 2020 efforts broke the 1.4 million milestone, less than 100,000 signatures away from being successful. Except, that’s not exactly true, and careless “conservative” publications like the Daily Caller are spreading this misinformation.
A recall election of California Governor Gavin Newsom will be triggered by 1,495,709 validated signatures, or 12% of the previous total votes cast for the office. In 2003, the recall challenge against Governor Gray Davis yielded well over 1.6 million signatures, but around 15% of them were invalidated. In the end, they were able to count 1,356,408 valid signatures, which was still enough to secure the recall.
That was 2003. We can and should expect to need a higher percentage of “overage” in 2021 for multiple reasons. First and foremost, there are currently efforts to “fake” signatures or sign multiple recall petitions. These efforts, quietly being put into effect by private allies of the Governor, are intended to draw a sense of complacency and quash momentum. If we’re led to believe we have enough signatures, the enthusiasm to push for more diminishes.
Another reason is the aforementioned celebratory stance of many conservatives on social media as well as articles such as the one on Daily Caller yesterday:
Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom is less than 100,000 signatures away as of Thursday from being forced into a recall special election. California state law stipulates that a sitting governor must face a recall special election if 12% of voters from the previous gubernatorial election, in this case 1.5 million California residents, sign a petition to recall the governor. At the time of publication, 1.4 million Californians have signed a petition to recall Newsom.
The article makes no mention of the need to validate signatures. In fact, it notes that they should have enough signatures by next week. This is false. There is almost zero chance they will have the 1.9+ million signatures necessary to overcome the number of invalid petitions and still have over the threshold.
Will we likely get to the mark? Yes. There are six weeks left. They’ve been averaging around 100,000 signatures per week, so they’re on pace to get to 2 million. But if too many “conservatives” are spreading disinformation to slow down momentum through complacency, then the efforts could fall short.
Spread the word. To recall Gavin Newsom, we need 1.5 million VALID petition signatures. That means we have until March 17 to collect 400k-600k, not the 100K that’s being reported. Keep fighting. Don’t get complacent.
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