Traveling Through Time to Understand Today’s California Recall

If You Have Questions About Voting, We Have the Answers

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Hey California, It’s Election Day! But first, let’s do a little time traveling…

Twas the night before recall election day in California and 37% of voters had already returned their ballots. We thought we’d drop in on the Larry Elder campaign where his website seemed to be reporting back from the future. This evening, before Election Day had even begun, Elder was already asking California citizens to demand “a special session of the California legislature to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results of this 2021 Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom.” Say what? Or as Rachel Maddow put it, “Turns out this dude has already lost, Gavin Newsom has already won. It’s the future!”

Larry Elder’s campaign may already have given up but California Democrats (and sane Republicans and independents) never do!

So if you haven’t voted yet, Tuesday is a great day to get yourself to the polls to vote NO on the Republican recall.

Here is a link that you can use to find the nearest polling place, county elections office or voting center that will be open on Election Day.

Each one of California’s 58 counties has their own election officers and rules, so it’s important to be sure of the correct procedure for yours. Here’s a list of every county election office, plus addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation and websites.

In the meantime, your California girls here at DemCast are also happy to clear up some common misconceptions.

  • NO, it’s not too late to turn in the ballot that was mailed to your house. But if you haven’t mailed it back yet, it probably makes sense to use this link to find the location of nearby drop boxes, instead of depending on the USPS to postmark your ballot on time. 
  • NO, it’s not too late to register and vote. Use this link to find a voting center where you can register and cast a ballot on the same day. You will need to verify your identity with your California driver’s license number, the last four digits of your social security number, or some other form of ID. 
  • NO, all is not lost if you’ve lost your ballot. Just head to the polls (you can use this link to find one) and request a replacement ballot. Or you may have the option to print a ballot out from your county’s election website. Remember each county is different, so make sure you are using the correct one.

If you’re not sure what county you live in, here is a map which will help. If you’re not sure where you fall on the map, this link allows you to look up your county by city or zip code.

Equally important is to make sure you vote NO on question 1. Voting NO on question 1 means that you are voting to keep Governor Gavin Newsom in office. 

As President Biden said:

If you vote NO on question 1, there is no need to vote for a candidate in question 2. 

So get out there and vote. We need to keep Newsom in office in California, and the nation needs California to remain in the sane column.

Photo by Doug Mills/NY Times

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