Published On: Fri, Jun 18th, 2021

Early Recall Election Could Compromise Vote, California Officials Warn

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As California lawmakers attempt to move up the date of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election, officials are pleading for an efficient and transparent election. Concerns arose after senators Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) said on June 10 that the election could be held 30 days earlier than previously anticipated by including $215 million in the budget bill. The recall otherwise would have been stalled for up to 30 days while the budget committee reviewed and provided an estimate for the gubernatorial election. “Our local communities don’t deserve to be saddled with unnecessary recall costs as they work to recover from the pandemic,” Atkins and Rendon said in a joint statement. “The Legislature will lift the burden from their plate and include $215 million in the budget bill to have the state cover the costs. In addition, this funding will allow for an earlier recall election. “By providing counties with the funding they …

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