CALIFORNIA – Conservative talk show host Larry Elder may be the unofficial Republican Party’s front runner in the gubernatorial election to oust Governor Gavin Newsom, but he has already come up with a possible plan to combat the results should he lose on Tuesday .
This week, Elder launched a “Fight against Election Fraud in California” website just days before the state’s vote was counted. A link on his campaign website directs voters to a form where they can sign a petition to investigate the “twisted” results of the gubernatorial election before the votes are officially cast. The website also invites users to report incidents of election fraud.
On Wednesday, the GOP candidate suggested to reporters that he was expecting “gimmicks” in the final days of the recall election and was already making comparisons with the 2020 presidential election, in which former President Donald Trump claimed he was fraudulently voted out. There was no significant evidence of widespread electoral fraud in this election, officials confirmed.
“We trust that our elected officials will protect this ballot box so that their results will truly reflect our will as Californians (sic),” said Elder’s website. “However, if these officials, out of laziness or incompetence, allow thieves to steal in the middle of the night and defraud our ballot box, we can no longer rely on their contents. Do we now have to fight the California jury box where I hope the last box – the one most similar to Pandora – stays closed? “
According to Saturday’s Political Data Inc. figures, more than 7.7 million ballot papers have been returned in California, of which 14 million are postal ballot papers left. Most registered voters in California received their ballots in the mail prior to election day, but voters will still be able to vote in person on Tuesday.
Campaigning efforts for both Newsom and its opponents have increased over the past few days. Newsom’s campaign confirmed this week that President Joe Biden will be appearing in Long Beach for the final rally in the campaign against the recall, which Newsom has called the Republican recall.
Newsom also ran a campaign with Vice President Kamala Harris in Northern California earlier this week.
Elder condemned federal support for Newsom.
“If Gavin Newsom thinks that flying in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris – not exactly the most admired government officials right now – makes him look better, then that’s all you need to know about how forgetful and distant Newsom is from a big one Majority of Californians. “
The recall contest, which peaked on Tuesday, has 45 candidates against Newsom, including 23 Republicans, nine Democrats and 13 others with alternative or no party preference. That group shrank from a total of 46 candidates after former US MP Doug Ose (R) withdrew his application for governor following a heart attack.
What is a recall?
It may feel unprecedented, but this isn’t the first attempt to remove a California governor. Since 1913 there have been 55 recall attempts; only two of them actually qualified to vote: the removal of former Governor Gray Davis and now Newsom.
The only successful recall attempt in the history of the state took Davis off in 2003, replacing him with “The Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was the state’s 38th governor through 2011. It was the last time a Republican was governor in California.
California has had re-elections as part of its political system since 1911. The process allowed the public to attempt to remove an elected official from office before his term expired. Before a recall election can be initiated, a certain number of voters must sign a request for removal within a certain period of time.
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