On September 14, 2021, the Governor Recall Election will be held. Pursuant to Senate Bill 152, all registered voters will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot and approximately 145 polling places will be operated in Riverside County for in-person voting.
The recall ballot will ask two questions:
1) Do you want to recall Governor Newsom? and
2) If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?
If 50% or more vote NO, the governor would remain in office. If more than 50% vote YES, the governor would be removed from office and the person with the most votes would replace him.
Return your vote-by-mail ballot by mail with prepaid postage as long as it’s postmarked by September 14, 2021. You can also return the ballot in-person at a secure ballot drop box, to a voting location, or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on September 14, 2021.
In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it.
The California Secretary of State will be responsible for mailing out the State Voter Information Guide. The State Voter Information Guide will contain statements from the proponents of the recall and the governor’s rebuttal. It will also provide the paid candidates’ statements from those seeking to replace the governor. The Riverside County Registrar of Voters is legally required to start mailing the vote-by-mail ballots on August 16, 2021. It is not likely that the mailing of the state guides will be complete prior to the vote-by-mail ballots going in the mail. This means that voters might receive their vote-by-mail ballots prior to reading the candidate statements contained in the State Voter Information Guide.
The County Voter Information Guides will start going in the mail on August 5, 2021. The County Voter Information Guides will contain a sample of the ballot and the assigned voter polling place. The recall proponent’s statement for reasons of recall and the Governors response will also be printed in the County Voter Information Guide.
The vote-by-mail ballots will start going in the mail on August 16, 2021. The Registrar of Voters office will also be open for in person voting starting on August 16, 2021, and the vote-by-mail ballot drop-off locations will also open up on August 16, 2021. The City Hall of Cathedral City will be a drop off location between the hours 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Vote-by-mail ballots must be in the custody of the Registrar of Voters office by 8pm on Election or postmarked on or before Election Day and received within 7 days after Election Day.
Early voting will be available at 3 mall locations in Riverside County on September 3 – 9, 2021 from 10am to 4pm. The three mall locations are the Galleria at Tyler, the Promenade in Temecula, and Westfield in Palm Desert. The Registrar of Voters office will also be open on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The 145 polling places will be open on September 11, 2021 through September 13, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voters will be assigned to one of the locations. The following three Polling Locations in Cathedral City are:
Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City – 32141 Whispering Palms Trail
Cathedral City City Hall – 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero
Northgate Community Church – 30010 Date Palm Drive
For more information please contact the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office at the following: