September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election

A California Gubernatorial Recall Election will be held on September, 14, 2021. The Department of Elections will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballot packets to all locally registered voters starting one month prior to Election Day and will offer in-person voting opportunities at the City Hall Voting Center beginning August 16 and at 588 polling places on Election Day, September 14.

To ensure timely delivery of your election materials, please review your registration information by visiting voterstatus.sos.ca.gov or contacting the Department of Elections. If you need to make changes, visit the Make Changes to Your Registration page to review your options.

To learn about your voting options in the upcoming election, visit the Ways to Vote page.

To serve as a poll worker in the upcoming election, visit the Serving as a Poll Worker page.

For more information about the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, please visit the California Secretary of State’s webpage or contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or sfvote@sfgov.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Recall Contest

  1. How many contests are on the September 14 election ballot?
  2. Do I need to vote in both parts of the recall contest?
  3. How do I vote in the first part of the recall contest?
  4. How do I vote for a replacement candidate in the second part of the recall contest?
  5. How are the votes tallied in the recall contest?
  1. How many contests are on the September 14 election ballot?
    The gubernatorial recall contest is the only contest on the September 14 election ballot, but it has two parts: the recall question, and the list of replacement candidates.
     
  2. Do I need to vote in both parts of the recall contest?
    No. You may choose to vote in only the first part, in only the second part, or in both parts. Whether you vote in one or both parts of the recall contest, you can only make a single selection in each. In other words, do not vote both “Yes” and “No” or select more than one replacement candidate.
     
  3. How do I vote in the first part of the recall contest?
    Use a pen with dark ink or pencil to fill in the oval next to either “Yes” or “No” on the front of the ballot.

    If most voters select “Yes” in this first part, then Governor Newsom will be removed from office; if most voters select “No” in this first part, then Governor Newsom will remain in office.
     
  4. How do I vote for a replacement candidate in the second part of the recall contest?
    Use a pen with dark ink or pencil to fill in the oval next to the name of a candidate or fill in the oval next to the blank space at the bottom of the list and write in the name of a qualified write-in candidate. (See sfelections.org/writein for a list of qualified write-in candidates.)

    If Governor Newsom is recalled (most voters selected “Yes” in the first part of the recall contest), the replacement candidate receiving the most votes in this second part will replace him as governor.
     
  5. How are the votes tallied in the recall contest?
    Votes in the first part and the second part of the recall contest are tallied independently. If there are more “Yes” votes than “No” votes in the first part of the contest, then the candidate who received most votes in the second part will be elected as governor.
     

Voter Outreach Plan for the September 14, 2021 Election

The Department of Elections intends to inform City residents about their voting options and other key information about the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election by providing comprehensive print and digital materials, sending official mail notifications, placing newspaper ads, broadcasting public service announcements on television and radio stations, utilizing social media channels, and collaborating with local nonprofit organizations. We invite you to review this September 2021 Election Voter Outreach and Education Plan (PDF) and provide feedback on the Department’s planned outreach strategies by emailing sfoutreach@sfgov.org, calling (415) 554-5685, or scheduling a time to visit the Department’s office to speak to a member of the Outreach Team.