What’s Up With the California Recall?


Iris Lee

Governor Gavin Newsom, the 40th governor of California, is currently being tested in a recall election. A recall election is a vote on whether the current governor remains fit for the job. Recall elections usually take place when a governor is problematic or disliked after the start of their term.

The first step towards a recall, is a vote on whether or not a recall election takes place at all. If the majority of California residents want a recall election, that’s exactly what will happen. If a recall takes place, other candidates will campaign to take the place of the governor. For a recall election, the candidate with the most votes is chosen, and they are not required to get over 50% of the votes.

“I made a bad mistake, should have stood up and drove back to my house. The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach,” said Governor Newsom.

Governor Newsom has done some controversial things which led him to a recall such as: releasing a huge number of inmates before they’ve served their time and not following the mask mandates he put into place (went to a restaurant and didn’t wear a mask).

A poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 39% of likely voters in the recall election say they would vote to remove Newsom, while 58% are opposed to the recall,” reported Tom Coulter from Palm Springs Desert Sun.

While the majority of California voters oppose the recall, there are still about 2 weeks left to determine the true verdict. Currently, there are over 40 candidates in the run for governor if Governor Newsom is recalled. The top four candidates are: Larry Elder, John Cox, Kevin Faulconer, and Kevin Paffrath. Elder is a conservative radio host, Cox is an anti-COVID Republican businessman, Faulconer is the former Republican mayor of San Diego, and Paffrath a Democrat who spends his time converting vacant commercial buildings into homeless shelters.

As Texas citizens, we don’t have any control over the result of the recall election; however, it is still important to be aware of the important political issue happening in our country, so we can educate ourselves and others.