September 14, 2021 

California Gubernatorial Recall Election


For more information about the California Gubernatorial Recall Election, visit the California Gubernatorial Recall Election webpage on the Secretary of State's website. [external links]

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Preguntas Frecuentes

 

Key Dates and Deadlines

Date Action
July 1, 2021 Petitions in-lieu period begins
July 6, 2021
Petitions in-lieu period deadline
July 9, 2021 Candidate filing begins
July 16, 2021 Candidate filing deadline
August 10, 2021Voter Information Guides delivered to U.S. Postal Service
August 16, 2021 Early voting begins
August 16, 2021Mail ballots delivered to U.S. Postal Service
August 30, 2021 Voter registration deadline
September 7, 2021 Deadline to request a replacement mail ballot
September 14, 2021 Election Day - September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election
September 15, 2021 Canvass of the Election begins
October 14, 2021 Deadline to complete the official canvass and certify the results

Election Publications

County of San Bernardino Voter Information Guide

State of California Voter Information Guide

Press Releases and Public Notices

Voting Options

Voting options:
  • Vote early at the Registrar of Voters beginning August 16, 2021.
  • Vote early at an Early Vote site.
  • Vote a Mail Ballot. 
    • No mail ballot application is necessary. Mail ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters. 
    • Request a replacement ballot by calling the Registrar of Voters at (909) 387-8300.
  • Voters may return their voted mail ballot:
    • At a Mail Ballot Drop-off Location
      • Ballots must be delivered no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    • By mail via the U.S. Postal Service
      • No postage required
      • Ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, September 14 and received by the Registrar of Voters within seven days following the election.

Voters with a disability:

Vote a Remote Accessible Vote by Mail Ballot using your computer and printer to: 

  • Mark your ballot
  • Print your voted ballot
  • Place your voted ballot in your Mail Ballot Return Envelope or in your own envelope with mailing labels attached
  • Sign and date your envelope
  • Return your ballot by mail or to a Polling PlaceEarly Vote site, or Mail Ballot Drop-off Location 

Military and Overseas Voters:

Uniformed and Overseas citizens can obtain a Voter Information Guide as well as a Ballot for this election. For complete information, visit the Secretary of State’s website for Military and Overseas Voters.

Eligible citizens that have not registered:

A new California law allows citizens to register and vote after the registration deadline.  In order to qualify, the voter submits a conditional voter registration application in person at the Registrar of Voters, an Early Vote site or a polling place.  After completing the application, the voter will be provided with a provisional ballot.

Resolving Unsigned Mail Ballots and Provisional Ballots

When the Registrar of Voters receives a voted mail ballot or provisional ballot without the voter’s signature on the return envelope, the Registrar of Voters is unable to count that ballot.  However, California law allows voters another chance to correct their mail ballot or provisional ballot up until two days before the election results are certified. These voters are notified by mail that they may:

  • Go to the Registrar of Voters to sign the mail ballot or provisional ballot return envelope in person, or
  • Complete and return an Unsigned Ballot Statement.

If you received a letter from the Registrar of Voters stating that your mail ballot or provisional ballot return envelope was not signed, go to the Registrar of Voters to sign your envelope, or complete and return an Unsigned Ballot Statement.


For mail ballots:

For provisional ballots:

  • Unsigned Ballot Statement - 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election [available soon]
  • Declaración de Boleta Sin Firma - Elección de Destitución del Gobernador de California del 2021

Resolving Non-Matching Signatures on Mail Ballots and Provisional Ballots

When the Registrar of Voters receives a voted mail ballot or provisional ballot but is unable to match the voter's signature on the return envelope with the signature on file in the voter's record, the Registrar of Voters is unable to count that ballot. However, California law allows voters another chance to correct their mail ballot or provisional ballot up until two days before the election results are certified. These voters are notified by mail that they may: 

  • Go to the Registrar of Voters to sign the Signature Verification Statement in person.
  • Complete and return a Signature Verification Statement.

If you received a letter from the Registrar of Voters stating that your signature on your mail ballot return envelope or provisional ballot was unable to be matched with your signature on file, complete and return a Signature Verification Statement immediately.


For mail ballots:

For provisional ballots:

  • Signature Verification Statement - 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election [available soon]
  • Declaración de Verificación de Firma - Elección de Destitución del Gobernador de California del 2021

Mail Ballot Return Statistics

The Mail Ballot Return Statistics Report shows the number of mail ballots that have been issued and returned for the election, as well as historical statistics for previous elections. The data presented on this report is updated daily and may fluctuate as additional mail ballot applications are received and voted mail ballots are processed.

Voter Registration

If voters need to register or re-register, the voter registration application must be postmarked or submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 30, 2021, for the 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

If you miss the voter registration deadline, you can still register and vote in person at the Registrar of Voters office or an Early Vote site, or at a polling place. View the Vote Early page for locations, dates, and hours of the Early Vote sites for this election.

From August 31, 2021, up until the close of the polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day, all voters can still update their residential address or political party preference.

For more information, view the instructions and a Change of Address / Political Party Form [available soon].

Offices and Candidates Information

Offices Up For Election:

Candidate Filing:

Candidate Statements:

List of Candidates: