Mammoth Times

Mono votes to keep Newsom (so far)

Inyo votes to oust him; barely

- By Wendilyn Grasseschi Times Reporter

The recall effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom was defeated Tuesday and that goes for Mono County as well, which said ‘NO’ to recalling the governor with 57.39 percent of the vote, compared to 42.61 percent ‘saying YES’ to recalling him, according to local county elections office (as of press time).

For Mono County, the above numbers are not a final, certified count but they are the ‘Semi-official’ vote, which includes all of the votes cast as the Times went to press. That said, there were still 1,117 outstandin­g votes to count, enough to possibly (but not necessaril­y) change the outcome, local elections officials said Wednesday. They said there are always some final ballots to count after election day in every election due to late-arriving, mail-in ballots (which are allowed to come in over the next few days as long as they were mailed by the deadline), ballots dropped off in the county’s official Ballot Drop Boxes that still need to be counted, and some provisiona­l ballots, etc.

Most California voters on Tuesday voted to nix the effort to recall Newsom. According to the California Secretary of State’s Office, almost 64 percent of California voters cast “NO” ballots on the recall question while about 36 percent of

of the votes were a ‘YES.” Under state law, if more than 50 percent of voters had cast ‘YES’ ballots on the recall, Newsom would have been required to step down as governor.

Newsom is the second governor in California history to face a recall election. Gov. Gray Davis was successful­ly recalled in 2003. Since 1913 there have been a total of 55 attempts to recall a governor, with only the Newsom and Davis recall efforts qualifying for the ballot.

Mono County residents turned out at a rate of about 45 percent of the total number of registered voters in the county, according to election data. For example, there are 8,037 registered voters in Mono County; 3,630 votes were counted as of Wednesday when the Times went to press.

Of these, 2,752 were from Vote by Mail ballots; 352 came from precincts in Mono County which are ONLY Mail In ballots; and 526 were ballots turned in at the various Election Day polling locations by people bringing their ballots to the polling place in person.

Election officials said they would have a breakdown of how each precinct in the county voted later this week or earlier next week.

Mono’s nearest neighbor, Inyo County, gave the recall effort a slight lead as of press time, with the ‘YES’ votes to recall Newsom 83 votes ahead of the ‘NO’ votes, according to the Inyo County Elections website.

According to Inyo County’s latest report, about 51 percent of voters cast ballots for Newsom’s removal and about 49 percent voted to retain the governor. These numbers could change as the vote is finalized.

Republican candidate radio and television commentato­r Larry A. Elder led the pack of 46 replacemen­t candidates statewide and in both Mono and Inyo County.

Statewide election results are scheduled to be certified by Oct. 22.

According to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, the 2021 recall election is on track to be one of the most expensive elections to date – the state having spent almost $300 million in taxpayer money.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE

• Contact the Mono County Elections Office at 760-932-5537 or 760-932-5530

• Go to https://monocounty.ca.gov/elections and scroll down to the ‘Sept. 14 Gubnatoria­l Election’ tab for the latest updates.

 ?? Image submitted. ?? Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Image submitted. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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