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Newsom recall basics: How to vote in California's election

Original post made on Aug 21, 2021

A FAQ on the California election on whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. There's some confusion and mixed messages on voting, so this can help sort things out.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 20, 2021, 4:40 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

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If you find the recall process "confusing" you shouldn't be voting. It's very simple and straightforward.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 21, 2021 at 10:30 pm

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I am going to go to a designated place and vote - using a paper ballot. Not that computer. And I m going to get a number I cantrack to make sure that the vote is counted.


Posted by Janice Selznick
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 22, 2021 at 7:07 am

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If you like what you see when you go to San Francisco, then vote against the recall.

If you liked the way small businesses were treated during the lockdowns, then vote against the recall.

If you thought it was a good idea that Californians were barred from going to beach last year, then vote against the recall.

If you think it’s good for there to be two sets of mask rules, one for the general public and another one for elites eating at the French Laundry, then vote against the recall.

If you like kids getting educated via Zoom, then vote against the recall.


Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2021 at 7:04 am

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Vote NO.Just NO.

Do not reward Republicans who always create massive deficits and cut public services. Democratic governors incl. Newsom preside over surpluses, including Brown who turned the massive deficit left by the last Republican governor—brought to us by recall-into a surplus during the downturn.

As a CA disaster survivor, in a state prone to disasters: unequivocally,Republicans in state govt are a disaster for disaster survivors—insurance companies are not held to honor their contracts by Republicans. It destroys people’s lives and economic futures. Only Democratic administrations have a history of even trying to stand for policyholders.

If a Republican becomes governor, we get to be subject to the culture wars nastiness constantly attacking “the Left” in the news. If you’re tired of that, vote NO. We have real problems to deal with here.

If a Republican wins, then Biden can’t draw from CA for positions in DC without Republicans replacing them in a state level despite that being against the will of the vast majority of voters.

This isn’t about Newsom. It’s about Republicans using a special election in which there is historically low turnout to get a Republican in office, which then affords an incumbent advantage in the general election.

Getting a Republican governor in CA means they could replace US Senator Dianne Feinstein (who is now like 88 years older) with a Republican in Washington, suddenly shifting the balance of power in the US Congress against Democrats and putting us back into vindictive rightwing crazy land again in DC, hurting CA again nationally.

Middle class CA homeowners are still reeling from the almost surgical Trump tax increases on them.

Worse, it means all progress on infrastructure renewal and the climate crisis stops. We just have no more time for this.

CA is a majority democratic Democratic state. Vote NO to stop the Republican power grab.

Vote NO now; you get time to check online it was counted.


Posted by Diane Reklis
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 23, 2021 at 11:27 am

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Please vote NO on the first question of the Recall Election.

We have 4-year terms for a reason. Elections distract our elected officials from their job of governing. If you are unhappy with Gavin Newsom's work, then get involved in next year's scheduled election and support a qualified candidate.

Meanwhile, demand that your state legislators reform California's recall system. If a recall is needed in the future, we deserve an orderly process that respects the will of the people.


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