California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber has announced that the threshold of verified signatures reported by counties has been met for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom. The valid signatures in the 10th report are 1,626,042, which exceeds the total of 1,495,709 signatures required. Counties still have until April 29th to verify the validity of any remaining signatures.
Michigan citizens, however, should note that the requirements for recall in California are much lower than in Michigan. It would take just over 1 million valid signatures to recall Gretchen Whitmer, about 2/3 as many as needed in California, a state with 4 times as many people. The signature drive to recall Gavin Newsom began in June of last year. Michigan law only allows for recall petitions to be signed in a 2-month period. In other words, recalling Gretchen Whitmer would take about 13 times the speed in collecting signatures that California had.