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Democrats Push For Changes To California Recall Efforts

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FILE - In this July 29, 2021, file photo, volunteer Merle Canfield assembles yard signs against the Sept. 14, recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, at the Fresno County Democratic Party headquarters in Fresno, Calif. Democratic state lawmakers Sen. Steve Glazer and Assemblyman Marc Berman called for reforming the recall election requirements, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2021. This could include increasing the number of signatures to force a recall election, raising the standards to require malfeasance on the part of the office-holder and change the current process in which someone with a small percentage of votes could replace a sitting governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

(AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom handily survived this week’s recall election that could have removed him from office. But his Democratic allies in the Legislature already are seeking changes that could make it harder to mount such a challenge in the future. Those reforms could include raising the standard to require wrongdoing on the part of the officeholder, increasing the number of signatures needed to force a recall election, and changing the process that could permit someone with a small percentage of votes to replace the state’s top elected official. Republicans say they will seek to ensure the proposals protect voters’ ability to hold politicians accountable.

 

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