The deadline has passed for supporters of an initiative to recall Gavin Newsom’s government to revoke their signatures, and one Orange County resident has done so.
In Los Angeles County, eight people withdrew their signatures, officials said.
According to the Orange County Electoral Registrar, 215,714 valid signatures were received for the recall attempt.
Of those, three signatures were withdrawn, spokeswoman Rebecca Lee told The Epoch Times. However, she added that only one of the three withdrawals from the signature was valid.
To make the removal of a revocation petition valid, voters must complete their name, residential address at the time of signing the revocation request, and a valid signature. Residents had until June 8 to submit a withdrawal request.
Lee said the low number of withdrawn petitions is not uncommon as it is common for few signatures to be removed for petitions.
“Any voter who has signed the revocation petition may submit a written request to the provincial election officials to remove their signature from the petition within thirty working days,” Lee said.
In Los Angeles County, 328,224 signatures were received with seven signatories requesting withdrawals, Los Angeles Registrar Mike Sanchez told The Epoch Times.
As of June 10, the city of Fresno reported ten recallable signatures, the highest figure in the state. Some provinces did not report any removed signatures.
California rescue manager Anne Dunsmore said the low number of removed signatures with the government’s anti-recall efforts was ’embarrassingly low’.
“I’m not surprised people do not take their signatures from the petitions,” Dunsmore told The Epoch Times. ‘It’s another underestimation of the commitment people have on the ground to get rid of him … and it’s another indication that they have overestimated their own popularity and think it’s just three percent and proud boys. ‘
Government officials have issued a new cost of $ 215 million for the by-election, less than the estimated cost of $ 400 announced earlier.
Dunsmore said: “I would say $ 215 million dollars is the best investment California can make to get rid of a bad employee.”
After the June 8 deadline, the state minister has ten days to determine whether the signatures meet the requirement to hold a by-election.