4 Key Q&A’s about California’s Special Election 2021

This Special Election will determine California’s future. Here’s what you need to know.

1.What’s on the ballot

Voters will be asked 2 questions:

1.) Do you want to recall (remove) the governor?

2.) If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?

If more than 50% vote NO to question 1, the governor would remain in office.

If more than 50% vote YES, the governor would be removed from office and the candidate with the most votes would replace him. Because there are 46 candidates on the ballot to replace the governor, a new governor may be elected by a small number of votes.

Your answer to the first question won’t impact the second question.

2.What’s at Stake?

The future of California is at stake. The Special Election will determine who will be the governor, who affects how the state will handle everything from public health, affordable housing, workers’ rights, and environmental protections. 

3.How do I Make Sure My Vote Gets Counted?

Register for WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to track your ballot and know when your ballot is mailed, received, and counted.

4.How Do I Cast my Ballot?

All active, registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail around Aug. 16.

Voters may cast their ballots by:

  • Sending it by mail (must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 7 days after Election Day), or 
  • Dropping it off at a secure, official drop-box, 
  • Voting at an in-person voting location on or before Election Day, which is September 14, 2021. Polls are open from 7am to 8:00 pm. In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it.

Election Day is September 14, 2021. This is the last day to postmark a mail-in ballot, vote in person, or drop off your ballot by 8:00pm.