Sep 152021

The gubernatorial recall election that will decide Gov. Gavin Newsom’s fate arrives Tuesday. Here’s how to find a polling place near you.

Find out where to vote or drop off your ballot near you for the California gubernatorial recall election.
Find out where to vote or drop off your ballot near you for the California gubernatorial recall election. (Patch Graphics)

PALOS VERDES, CA — A gubernatorial recall election could unseat first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom this week. Ballots have already arrived in mailboxes across the state, but Californians will have an opportunity to vote in person on Tuesday.

There were nearly 6 million people registered to vote in Los Angeles County as of Aug. 30, according to the California Secretary of State’s office.

Ballots include 46 candidates who are vying for Newsom’s job, including 24 Republicans, nine Democrats and 13 others. But voters should know that former GOP Rep. Doug Ose withdrew his bid for governor last month after having a heart attack.

The state Republican Party last month decided not to endorse a candidate, but conservative talk show host Larry Elder has become the party’s front-runner, leading polls for months.

In a recent poll from UC Berkeley, Elder was the clear leading choice for people planning to vote for a recall candidate in the election, with a 28 percent point lead over the next closest candidate.

Democrats have stood behind Newsom throughout the entirety of the intensifying recall effort. On Monday, the governor was set to join President Joe Biden in Long Beach for a final rally against what they’ve referred to as a Republican recall effort.

On the ballot, voters will be asked two things: First, whether Newsom should be recalled, and second, who should replace him if he’s recalled. If more than 50 percent of voters cast a ballot to recall Newsom, the replacement candidate with the largest share of votes will win the governor’s seat.

Democrats are pleading with voters to leave question two — where voters can select a replacement candidate — blank amid a lawsuit and allegations that California’s recall process is flawed. Read more about that here.

SEE ALSO: CA Recall Latest: How It Works And Who’s Running


Here’s how you can cast your vote in Palos Verdes.

Ballot Drop Boxes

Every registered voter in California received a recall election ballot this month, and there are plenty of ballot drop boxes throughout the county in which to deposit them.

Here are some drop boxes near you:

  • Palos Verdes Estates City Hall, 340 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates
  • Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Rolling Hills Estates City Hall, 4045 Palos Verdes Drive North, Rolling Hills Estates
  • Redondo Beach North Library, 2000 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach
  • Redondo Beach Public Library, 303 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach
  • Dominguez Park, 200 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach
  • Riviera Triangle, Corner of South Elena Avenue and Avenida del Norte, Redondo Beach
  • Hermosa Beach Library, 550 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach
  • Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach
  • Manhattan Beach Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
  • Torrance Human Resources Department, 3231 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance

Click here to find more drop boxes in Palos Verdes and across California.

Polling Places

Palos Verdes residents can vote on election day or choose to vote in person early. In-person voting locations will offer same-day voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines and language assistance for those who need it.

Voting locations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day at the following locations in Palos Verdes.

  • Ridgecrest Intermediate School, 28915 Northbay Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes
  • First Baptist Church of Palos Verdes, 28 Moccasin Ln, Rolling Hills Estates
  • Wilmington Branch Library, 1300 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington
  • Peck Park Community Center, 560 S. Western Ave., San Pedro
  • Strength Based Community Change SBCC, 540 N. Marine Ave., Wilmington
  • North High School, 3620 W. 182nd St., Torrance

Click here to find more area polling places across California.

Ready to cast your vote? Don’t forget that the state allows you to sign up to track your ballot throughout the process. Have any questions? Learn more about the recall election at the county website or by calling 510-272-6973.

What’s A Recall?

California has had recall elections as part of its political system since 1911. The process allows the public to attempt to remove an elected public official from office before the end of his or her term. Before a recall election can be initiated, a certain number of voters must sign a recall petition within a specified amount of time.

The state has had 54 previous attempts to recall California governors. Only one governor was recalled in California’s history: Gray Davis in 2003.

Newsom has pushed back against the effort to unseat him, painting the campaign as one backed by extremists, supporters of former President Donald Trump and those against the coronavirus vaccines.

“This is — and forgive me — a Republican-backed recall where the principal proponent of the recall effort wants to microchip immigrants,” Newsom has said. “These folks don’t believe in science let alone climate science, and they don’t believe in the science behind this pandemic. There’s a lot at stake for Californians in this race.”

Read more about the gubernatorial recall election:

Via Patch.com

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