California Gubernatorial Recall Election


On July 1, the California Secretary of State scheduled a September 14 recall election that could remove Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom from office. The recall election date was set following certification by State election officials that recall proponents had turned in enough valid petition signatures to qualify the election for the ballot. 

Election Information

California Gubernatorial Recall Election - September 14, 2021: California Secretary of State

Candidate Information

California Gubernatorial Recall Election - September 14, 2021 :: California Secretary of State

Sample Ballot

The interactive Sample Ballot is an optional tool that allows voters to access, review and mark their selection prior to going to a Vote Center. Subscribe to E-Sample Ballot.

Campaign & Finance

Committees formed to support or oppose the recall and candidates seeking to replace the elected state officer must comply with campaign finance requirements. The Fair Political Practices Commission is responsible for providing advice about campaign finance issues. They have prepared a fact sheet specific to recall elections that expands on this information. See: For more information, please contact the FPPC or visit

Registering to Vote

Qualifications to Register to Vote:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California (for information on voters in the military or overseas, please see Military and Overseas Voters),
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day,
  • Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History), and
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship).
  • You must re-register to vote any time you change your name, residence and/or mailing address, or political party.

The last day to register to vote for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election is August 30, 2021.

Military and Overseas - Voter Information

The information and resources on this link are intended to make participating in elections as easy and rewarding for you as possible. Here, you will learn the basic steps to become a military or overseas voter so you are eligible to vote when you are absent from your county while serving and/or living overseas.

Check your voter Status

Check here if you are registered to vote My Voter Status - California Secretary of State.

Vote Center Locator

Find your vote center location here.

Vote by Mail Drop Box Program

The Vote by Mail period officially begins on Monday, August 16 through Election Day, Tuesday, September 14, 2021. All registered voters can expect to receive Vote by Mail (VBM) ballots starting on Monday, August 16. VBM Drop Boxes will be open by Monday, August 16. On Election Day, all Drop Boxes will be locked at 8:00pm. 

Vote By Mail Drop Box Locations

Voters were provided with the Drop Box locations near their residence on their VBM packet. Voters can also find all Drop Box locations (as well as Vote Centers) on the VBM Drop Box Locator Tool.

Vote By Mail Replacement Ballot

The last day to request a replacement Vote By Mail Ballot is September 7, 2021.


Ballots will be securely collected on a daily basis at each VBM Drop Box by Registrar Recorder/County Clerk staff members throughout the voting period.


Voters can track their VBM ballot every step of the way. They can subscribe to receive real-time tracking notifications by text, email or voicemail. They can go to to get started. 


The Los Angeles County “Safe Election Plan” aligns with California’s “Election Administration Guidance under COVID-19.” Each was developed in consultation with relevant health authorities using the best public health information available, including guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California public health officials.

Safe Election PlanThe Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) will:  

  1. Develop a voting location-specific protection plan. 
  2. Train workers on measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including screening themselves - for symptoms and staying home when necessary. 
  3. Establish prevention and self-screenings measures for workers. 
  4. Establish and communicate physical distancing guidelines. 
  5. Implement hand-washing, mask and disinfection protocols.

For more information about Los Angeles County's Safe Election Plan, visit this link