California voters reject the Recall

Courtesy of NBC Bay Area

Jayleen Azpeitia

California voters rejected the Recall and showed their support for Governor Gavin Newsom with almost 8 million votes for “NO on the Recall” (99% of votes counted). According to Politico, the NO vote was 62% and the YES on Recall vote was 38%. Replacement candidate front runner Larry Elder received over 3 millions votes.

California residents who were active registered voters were able to vote by mail for the recall election, September 14, 2021. The ballot posed two questions:  1.) Should Governor Gavin Newsom be replaced?   2.) If Newsom is recalled, who should replace him? Because over 50% of the electorate voted no, the governor avoided the recall. Forty-six candidates, including nine Democrats and 24 Republicans, ran in the recall election. Almost 7 million voters selected a candidate for the second question.

During the campaign, Newsom and Elder shared very different perspectives on pressing issues such as facing COVID-19. Newsom pushed for mask and vaccine mandates while Elder wanted the people to decide for themselves regarding masking and vaccination. Since 1911, there have been 55 attempts to recall a California governor and the only successful recall campaign was in 2003, when Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced incumbent Democratic Governor, Gray Davis.

Now that Governor Newsom has survived the recall, he should push for stricter vaccine requirements and mask rules for all Californians. LA County’s new rules regarding showing COVID vaccine passports for indoor dining and retail is a step in the right direction in ending the COVID risk once and for all. If employees want to work in indoor spaces, they should be required to be vaccinated or be tested every week.