California gubernatorial recall election, 2003 - WikiVisually

Ten years ago this week, California held a recall election to remove Gov
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The ballot consisted of two questions; voters could vote on one or the other, or on both. The first question asked whether Gray Davis should be recalled. It was a simple , and if a majority voted no, then the second question would become irrelevant and Gray Davis would remain California governor. If a majority voted yes, then Davis would be removed from office once the vote was certified, and the second question would determine his successor. Voters had to choose one candidate from a long list of 135 candidates. Voters who voted against recalling Gray Davis could still vote for a candidate to replace him in case the recall vote succeeded. The candidate receiving the most votes (a ) would then become the next governor of California. (It had previously been determined that Davis could not run as a candidate to succeed himself.) Certification by the would require completion within 39 days of the election, and history indicated that it could require that entire time frame to certify the statewide election results. Once the results were certified, a newly-elected governor would have to be sworn into office within 10 days.

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California gubernatorial recall election, 2003 - Revolvy

The 2003 California gubernatorial recall election was a special permitted under state law. It resulted in voters replacing incumbent with . The recall effort spanned the latter half of 2003. Other California governors, including , , , and , had faced recall attempts, but these attempts were unsuccessful.

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Each petition form for a state recall petition drive must be filed with the elections official of the county in which it was circulated. Each county elections office must verify the signatures that are submitted to it. County officials must report to the Secretary of State on the status of the signatures submitted every 30 days.

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Gray Davis recall (2003) - Ballotpedia

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Analysis of the Media Coverage of the 2003 Recall …

In November, Schwarzenegger came up for re-election and won by a very clear 1.5 million vote majority (MSNBC 2006). While the governorship of California has always been hotly contested, and it is unsurprising that a Republican governor would win, this is a much larger margin of victory than has been seen recently in California (Carr 2004). The fac that at virtually no time was Schwarzenegger’s campaign faced with a real challenger is peculiar, particularly in a state where few governors serve for extended periods of time.