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09/14/2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election

September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election

By Order of the Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, the California Gubernatorial Election will be held on September 14, 2021, to determine whether Gavin Newsom, governor of the State of California, shall be recalled, and if the majority vote on the question is to recall, to elect a successor. All active registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail by law.


Important Dates

August 16 – September 14

  • voting services available at Elections (including in-person voting)

August 16

  • all ballots and local voter information guides will be mailed by this date
  • ballot return location(s) open

August 30

  • last day for regular registration

September 7

  • last day MCE will mail ballots
  • recommended last day for voters to mail back ballots

September 14

  • last day to return ballots in-person
  • ballots must be postmarked no later than this date
  • last day to vote


Full Calendar:  September 14, 2021


To prepare for the election:

  • Check your address information by visiting My Voter Status or call (831) 796-1499.

  • Are you going to be out of town during the election? Call us with your temporary address and we will mail your ballot to where you are staying. Election material cannot be forwarded and will be returned to Monterey County Elections.

  • Update your information at Register to Vote.

  • Look for your ballot in the mail the week of August 16 (your ballot packet will include return instructions and your local voter guide).

  • Return your ballot in the mail (postage is paid) or to any drop-off location in the state.

  • Sign-up for Where’s My Ballot? to receive notifications about tracking your ballot.


How do I become a candidate?

For more information including qualifications and filing requirements, visit: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/current-recall-efforts/newsom-recall-faqs#qandr 


Where can I get more information?

Visit: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/current-recall-efforts/newsom-recall-faqs#qandr

To contact the Monterey County Elections office:


(831) 796-1499, or

(866) 887-9274 – Toll Free!