Vote in the election for the governor’s recall on September 14, 2021 –

August 16, 2021 9:00 a.m.

by Maria Dacanay

Since California’s last recall election was in 2003, the City Clerk’s Office explains how to vote in a recall election and encourages all Los Angeles County voters to #PlanYourVote at

How do I cast a recall ballot?

Your ballot will ask two questions, each of which will be counted separately:

  1. Do you want to remember them? Governor? (Mark yes or no)
  2. If YES, who would you like to replace?
    All qualified replacement candidates for governor are listed. A certified list of write-in candidates will also be available on the Foreign Minister’s website until September 3, 2021.

If more than 50% of voters vote YES to remove the governor, the governor will be removed from office and the candidate with the most votes will replace him except for and continue his term until January 2, 2023.

If a voter chooses “NO” to remove the governor, he or she can still vote for a replacement candidate.

Will the voters be sent a postal ballot paper?

Yes, similar to the November 2020 election in LA County, a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot will be sent to all active registered voters starting August 16 (postage).

Mailboxes will be open from August 17th until election day to receive ballot papers. Drop boxes are located in the Santa Monica Main Library, Montana Branch Library, Virginia Avenue Park, Marine Park, and Downtown Santa Monica Expo Station. Ballot papers stamped by election day and received within 7 days of the election (by September 21) will be counted. Eligible voters can also submit their VBM voting slip in a Vote Center.

Remember to sign your VBM ballot envelope and go to To verify your registration, request a replacement ballot for the County Drop-Box Locator or track your ballot.

Where are local voting centers?

The following 4-day voting centers will be available from September 11-13 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and September 14 (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) for personal voting and conditional voter registration.

Christine Emerson Reed Park, Joslyn Hall Auditorium

1133 7NS Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Street parking / metered parking lots along Wilshire Boulevard are designated as “temporary voter parking”.

Santa Monica Civic Center parking garage, Santa Monica Institute (SMI) classroom
330 Olympic Dr, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Car park entrance along Avenida Mazatlán (first 30 minutes free). Room entrance on 2nd Floor along Olympic Drive.

Santa Monica Community College, ART 100

1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90405

Parking available.

Remember to follow public health and safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 and go to for the County Vote Center Locator (including live waiting times), your quick check-in codes, or interactive sample ballot / polling pass.

Where can I get more information?

A Official Guide to State Voter Information will be sent to all voters and frequently asked Questions are available on the Foreign Minister’s website at The LA County Registrar-Record / County Clerk’s sample ballot is also mailed to voters and is available online at

Do you have further questions about the choice? Contact the Santa Monica City Clerk office at [email protected] or (310) 458-8211.

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