California’s Gubernatorial Recall Election: Live Updates

Election day finally arrived in California, the final act in a rare democratic exercise where voters were asked whether to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom before his term expires. The Chronicle’s live interactive map reported official figures from the Secretary of State.

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Newsom says Californians rejected ‘cynicism and bigotry’ in recall election: Gov. Gavin Newsom, who won the recall election by a landslide, said on Twitter Tuesday night that Californians voted “YES” to, “Women’s rights. Immigrant rights. The minimum wage. The environment. Our future.” Newsom added that voters “rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress.”

Celebration erupts at S.F.’s Manny’s: Several San Francisco supervisors, labor activists, political junkies and a local assemblyman helped round out the crowd of revelers at Manny’s, San Francisco’s after-dark political hot spot. “Newsom’s done great work,” said Horace Thomas, a 75-year-old San Francisco Democrat who was decked out with 14 pins brandishing such slogans as “More Love,” “Cosmic Woman” and “No recall please.” “I hope that someday he’ll run for president.” Ana Balmor, a janitor for Salesforce and member of SEIU Local 87, said Newsom stood up for working families and done a good job navigating the pandemic. “I’m happy,” she said. “He is a good governor.”

U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla says he has ‘total confidence’ in state election infrastructure: As votes rolled in on Tuesday night, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, a former secretary of state, said on Twitter that he has “total confidence” in the state’s election infrastructure. “From signature matching, transparent vote counts, post-election audits, and the ability to track your ballot, nonpartisan elections officials are doing a tremendous job to ensure EVERY eligible vote is securely counted,” Padilla said.

Leader of San Francisco Republican Party says despite Newsom’s win, recall is an indictment: John Dennis, the chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party, said despite Newsom’s win, business as usual cannot continue. “ I think this is really an indictment of business as usual in Sacramento,” Dennis said. “It’s clear that there is a certain group of people in California who are deeply dissatisfied with what’s happening in this state. If they don’t listen to the message it’s only going to help Republicans.”

Newsom speaks: In a speech following his defeat of the recall attempt, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “No is not the only thing that was expressed tonight. We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic.” Newsom also called for unity after a divisive election. “Everyone wants to feel safe. Everyone wants to feel respected. Those are universal values,” he said.

East Bay assemblywoman Buffy Wicks says Californians ‘chose sanity’: After Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated the recall in a landslide, State Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks said on Twitter that California voters “chose sanity,” adding that the win is a “complete repudiation & rejection of right-wing Trumpers & anti-vax conspiracy theorists hellbent on setting CA back on all fronts—from the ending this pandemic, to climate change, to health care & gun safety laws.”

Lt. Gov. Kounalakis praises turnout, criticizes Republicans: California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis said voters had recognized the stakes of the election and turned out to support Newsom. “All of our Democratic values are on the line, and we feel good that residents of California recognized that,” said Kounalakis, who spent the evening at San Francisco’s political hot spot Manny’s. She also condemned Republican opponents who had suggested that there may have been voting irregularities. “The Republicans have been trying to cast doubt. Shame on them,” she said.

Newsom defeats recall in a landslide: Gov. Gavin Newsom, the first-term Democrat, has defeated the effort to recall him, The Chronicle has projected. Returns on Tuesday night showed Newsom had an insurmountable lead on the first ballot question, with 68% of voters opposed to the recall, compared with about 32% in support. In many ways, the outcome was not a surprise given recent polls showed Newsom could win in a landslide, and Democrats have a nearly 2-1 registration advantage over Republicans in the state. Newsom’s margin was expected to tighten as more ballots cast in-person at the polls on election day, which are likely to skew Republican due to hesitance over mail ballots, were counted Tuesday night. But Newsom’s lead was so significant that it could not be overcome with the amount of outstanding ballots.

Elder dominates second ballot question: As expected, radio show host and Republican Larry Elder jumped to an early lead on the second ballot question in Tuesday’s recall election. Elder led the field of replacement candidates, with about 41% of the vote in early returns. Democrat Kevin Paffrath, a real-estate investor and Youtuber, was in second place question, with 11.7% of the vote. He was trailed by a host of well-known Republicans, including former Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer, with 10.3%. If Newsom is recalled, whoever receives the most votes on the second question would replace him as governor. However, the question is likely moot because early returns suggested Newsom was on track to defeat the recall in a landslide.

Newsom takes lead against recall: Gov. Gavin Newsom jumped to an early lead against the recall Tuesday night when the first large batch of election results were reported by the Secretary of State’s office. Among the early retunds, nearly 70% of voters oppsoed the recall, while 30% supported ousting the Democratic governor. About 5.4 million votes had been counted as of 8:20 p.m. The early results reflected mail-in ballots received before Election Day, which were expected to skew heavily Democratic. The race could tighten as more Republican votes are counted from the polls on Tuesday.

Manny’s, S.F. political hot spot, buzzing with Newsom supporters: Susana Atwood, 72, enjoyed a glass of wine after weeks of phone-banking in support of the governor. She was among nearly 100 people packed into the Mission District gathering spot cheering the arrival of early returns, which showed Newsom keeping his job amidst the recall effort. “This is where I want to be to party,” said Atwood, wearing a matching “Stop the Republican Recall” mask and t-shirt. “I think we won. Maybe by a landslide.”

First results: Voters are rejecting recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, early returns show.

California Secretary of State urges voters to stay in line: The polls closed at 8 p.m., but California Secretary of State officials urged voters who were in line before 8 p.m. to stay in line. “You still have the right to cast your ballot,” secretary of state officials said.

Polls close. Voting precincts across California officially closed at 8 p.m., though voters in line before then will still be allowed to cast ballots. The first results, from early mail-in ballots counted ahead of Election Day, could be posted within minutes but are mostly expected later in the hour.

“Not to rush you, but you literally have five minutes”: The few minutes before polls closed Tuesday night were very stressful for poll worker Robbin Banasiak and her team, who spent all day manning a drop-off location at City College in the Mission. Five people who waited until — literally — the last minute, rushed up to voting box and slipped their ballots inside. “Do you have a ballot?” one man frantically asked. “You can go vote inside!” Banasiak said, directing him into the polling station. As long as the man was in line by 8 p.m., he would be allowed to vote. One minute later, a woman showed up who still needed to sign and seal her ballot. “Not to rush you, but you literally have five minutes,” Banasiak said firmly. The woman swiftly did what she needed to do, and placed her ballot into the box. As the time inched closer to 8 p.m., Banasiak was really stressed at the thought of someone coming at 8:01 p.m. “Legally, we would have to turn them away,” she said. But as soon as the clock struck 8 p.m., she and three other poll workers lifted up the table and whisked it inside. “Polls are closed!” one of them exclaimed.

Voters gather in North Beach bar in hopes of a successful recall. Nearly two dozen people gathered at the Grant and Green Saloon to drink and watch for eventual election results. The mood was excited as people sipped on beer and played pool. Several people, including 34-year-old Richard Maher, voiced their support for San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer. Maher, the treasurer of Young San Francisco Republicans, said he voted by mail in favor of recalling Newsom. “Gavin Newsom has gone to a lot of extremes,” he said. “He’s just managed to move ahead with ideological politics instead of just governing. Covid has just demonstrated that to the nth degree.” Maher, who works in academic research, said he was dismayed that the state didn’t reopen schools sooner and criticized the governor for sending his children to private schools. Falconer has “shown he can work with Republicans and Democrats,” Maher added. Still, no matter the results, Maher said the recall sends a clear message to Newsom: that his office shouldn’t “be taken for granted” and he must be “responsive to us as citizens and our concerns.”

Elder removes fraud claim from website. Larry Elder’s campaign has apparently erased a web page where he alleged widespread fraud in the recall election. On Monday, before polls had even opened on Election Day, a website funded by Elder’s campaign published an unsubstantiated allegation that “statistical analyses used to detect fraud in elections held in 3rd-world nations (such as Russia, Venezuela, and Iran) have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor.” That page was erased Tuesday afternoon and replaced with a form for voters to report alleged fraud. Elder has increasingly, in recent days, hinted he might not accept the outcome of the election.

COVID-19 is top of mind for recall voters. About a third of California voters said the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest issue facing the state, according to an exit poll conducted by Edison Research for a group of media organizations, followed by homelessness and the economy. But there’s a partisan split: While more than 40% of Democrats called COVID-19 their top issue, only about a fifth of Republicans did. Republican voters were much more likely to cite the economy as the biggest concern.

Final ballots trickle in in San Francisco’s Mission District. Volunteer poll worker Evan Harms, 28, was going on his 13th hour of work as the end of the voting day neared. The polling site at the Mission Hiring Hall, a career development center, had counted just 26 people casting votes as of about 7 p.m., though far more had dropped off mail ballots. “It’s been a long day,” Harms said. “This is an interesting site, though. Some of the people came in asking about jobs and they ended up voting.”

Ballots arriving “nonstop” outside of San Francisco City Hall. With election day winding down, a steady stream of voters trickled through the basement of City Hall as the after-work crowd dropped off last-minute ballots. One poll worker manning a drop-off outside the building said voters had been arriving all day, and estimated there were at least 300 ballots dropped in the big red box. “It’s been nonstop,” he said.

“Healthy trickle” of voters in San Francisco’s Sunset District. Poll workers at a firehouse on 16th Avenue in San Francisco said despite the lull, a “healthy trickle” of voters dropped off their ballots throughout the day. Nearby, inside a garage on 18th Ave., a polling inspector said about 35 people dropped off ballots and another 20 used the voting machine. The inspector and two poll workers said they were waiting to see if an influx of people would come just before 8 p.m. “If somebody refuses to wear a mask, we will still allow them to vote,” the inspector said, adding that voting rights are “paramount” and workers will ensure that person remains 6-feet away from everyone else.

Another San Francisco resident calls the recall ridiculous. The 51-year-old San Francisco woman, who declined to give her name, voted against the effort to oust Gov. Newsom. “I feel like my tax dollars have been absolutely wasted by this and I’m not happy about it,” she said. “This money could’ve been spent on other things, especially during a pandemic. This is ridiculous.”

Kamala Harris urges votes in finish-line plea. The Newsom campaign released a video from Vice President Kamala Harris three hours before polls close urging voters to cast ballots against the recall. “Today’s the day we make sure that our state keeps moving forward,” she said. “Don’t wait, please. Get out there, vote no on the recall, and let’s win this, California.”


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San Franciscan votes against Newsom for birthday. Jennifer Mata, an artist, had plans to celebrate her 50th birthday with her husband, Kenez Mata, in the Sunset District. But before the celebration could commence, she stopped at Jefferson Elementary School on Irving Street near 19th Ave. to cast her vote in favor of recalling Gov. Newsom. “I didn’t want to vote on my birthday, but I did,” Mata said. “We never had crime like this before. We never had filth on the street the way that we have it now. I don’t believe the politicians currently in charge of the city or the state are doing a good job.” Her husband, a 58-year-old artist, agreed. “I think he’s a crook and a charlatan,” Kenez Mata said of Newsom. “He’s a pretty boy phony. Elvis wants his haircut back.” Neither would say who they voted for instead of Newsom. “Whoever wins, wins,” Kenez said. Jennifer adjusted the orange flower in her hair and the two left for dinner. Aside from school pick-up, the elementary school’s polling place was mostly quiet. The Matas were the only two to cast their ballots in the span of 30 minutes late Tuesday afternoon.

Another San Francisco voter decides to stick with Newsom. Sam Echikson, a 28-year-old software engineer in San Francisco, said he voted against the recall because he liked how Newsom has handled COVID-19. Echikson said what stood out for him was Newsom’s daily video updates. “It helped make me feel like he was being transparent and making an effort unlike other governors,” Echikson said.

Who actually voted before election day? About 8.7 million voters returned their ballots before Sept 14 out of a possible 22.3 million. In a promising sign for Gavin Newsom, most of those voters are Democrats. According to figures from election data company Political Data Intelligence, which collects information from each California county, 52% of mail-in ballots returned before election day were from Democrats, 26% from Republicans and 23% from independent voters. That breakdown is quite similar to the 2020 election, when Joe Biden trounced Donald Trump in California by 29 points. It’s possible that Democratic voters won’t support Newsom quite as they did Biden (though previous polls suggest his support within his party is strong), or that Republicans will vote in larger comparative numbers on election day. But this early data is enough to give Newsom hope.

Has your mail-in ballot has been counted or not? Maybe you signed up for California’s vote tracker — where you receive alerts about where your ballot is in the process — and you’ve gotten a voicemail that said your ballot was “received and counted.” But wait: it wasn’t really “counted” yet, was it? Doesn’t ballot counting start on Election Day? The answer should be reassuring. “Ballots can be processed and counted 29 days prior to the election,” said Jenna Dresner, a spokesperson for California’s Secretary of State. “So those ballots are in fact ‘counted.’ However no results can be reported until after polls close [at 8 p.m.] on Election Day.”

How is California’s electorate split between Democrats and Republicans? The state now has over 22 million registered voters, an all-time record achieved ahead of the 2020 presidential election. That’s more than the entire population of Florida. But those California voters are sharply divided from one county to another. Lassen County, the “reddest” in the state, is 55% Republican, while the “bluest” county is — you guessed it — San Francisco, with 63% registered Democrats. On the other hand, Lassen has only 15,700 registered voters while San Francisco has 513,200. For a better understanding of how California’s electorate breaks down and how that might affect the outcome of today’s recall election, check out these five fascinating maps developed by The Chronicle’s data team.

East Bay pro-recall voter: ‘I feel like I’m living in communism’: From wildfires to the state’s homelessness crisis, Republican Jacqueline Burge-Welker, 71, said she had a long list of reasons why she wanted Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office while voting in person at the Danville Town Hall. But Newsom’s handling of the pandemic seemed to strike the biggest chord for Burge-Welker. Burge-Welker, who voted for Larry Elder as the replacement candidate, said she and her daughter based in Texas have lived different lives over the past year. “They’re free,” Burge-Welker said. “Her children never missed a day of in-person learning. They’ve had sports. They don’t have to wear a mask. They can go to a restaurant without being harassed. I feel like I’m living in communism, which we are.” Several polling sites across the East Bay were noticeably empty Tuesday as an overwhelming majority of participating voters cast ballots by mail. At the Danville Town Hall, just over 100 people had voted in person Tuesday as of 1 p.m., according to poll workers.

Flurry of votes cast at San Francisco City Hall, Newsom’s former domain: It was a busy lunch hour at San Francisco City Hall as people slipped ballots into drop-boxes and cast their votes — the old-fashioned way — in the basement. The Department of Elections, which received 246,498 ballots by Monday, said they weren’t going to provide an update on how many votes had been cast until Tuesday night. But if the drop-boxes outside City Hall were any indication, they will have plenty of ballots to count by the end of the day. A poll worker stationed at one drop-off at the Polk Street entrance estimated he had about 400 ballots inside the big red box, as people arrived on foot, bike — and at least one person via self-driving car. Another box around the corner had about 400 ballots in it, too. “Rumor has it that we can fit about 800 in here,” the poll worker said. “We might get there.”

Fifth & Mission podcast — Will Newsom survive the recall attempt?: Here’s what Gov Gavin Newsom had to say about the recall and what voters can expect as election results roll in. Listen to the podcast here.

‘It’s like picking the best out of the worst’: A larger number of voters turned up close to lunch hour at Lakeside Park Garden Center in Oakland to vote in person and drop off ballots for Tuesday’s gubernatorial election. Among them was Angie Ditter, 39, a tech worker who said it was imperative for her to vote. “It’s like picking the best out of the worst,” Ditter, who voted no on the recall, said. “I think (Newsom) did the best out of a bad situation, but even for things he didn’t do quite right, it doesn’t warrant a recall.” Oakland resident Ebony Johnson, 41 echoed similar sentiments. “I don’t love Newsom but we have corrupt systems in place and we need to fight,” the social worker said. Still, she’s fearful of a possibility of Republican rule in California. “To be honest, I have no confidence in any of this.”

About 60 voters showed up to vote in person at Lakeside and another 60 had dropped off ballots by noon Tuesday. Poll worker Julie Noll said the numbers had been steady all morning with more voters expected during lunch hour and after work.

Almost half of ballots already returned: According to the data tracker Political Data, more than 9 million ballots in the recall have already been returned, more than 40% of the 22 million that were mailed out. Of the ballots returned, 51% have come from Democrats, 23% from independents and 26% from Republicans. Voters have until 8 p.m. to vote in person or can mail their ballot as long as it’s postmarked by Tuesday.

East Bay independent voters split on recall: Voters in Lafayette who cast ballots in person Tuesday morning widely varied in how they voted on the recall election. Robert McKee, 64, and his wife Melissa Gates voted against the recall at the Veterans Memorial Building polling site. From the pandemic to wildfires, the governor faced several crises during his time in office and “I don’t know that anyone could have done any better,” said McKee, who does not affiliate with any political party.

Poll worker Anouschka Wardy, 57, voted in support of the recall and decided on Rocklin Assemblyman Kevin Kiley as her replacement candidate. Wardy, who is registered as a Republican but identifies as an independent, said Newsom’s handling of public school closures during the pandemic factored heavily in her decision. “(This) is not a republican recall. It’s just really despicable that he’s been using that,” Wardy said. “He knows for a fact that there were a lot of Democrats and independents who voted for the recall.”

California recall: Here’s a timeline of what to expect on Election Day and beyond: Not only is this just the second time in California history that voters will decide whether to remove a governor from office before the end his term, but it’s also just the second statewide election ever where officials have mailed a ballot to every voter — a safety precaution adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented situation has created some uncertainty about how the election might play out and when Californians will know whether or not Newsom still has a job. Here’s what to keep in mind in the coming days.

“It’s kind of a clown show:” Voters drop off ballots in the Mission: A steady stream of people walked down Valencia Street Tuesday morning and plopped their ballots in a drop-box outside City College. By 10 a.m., Jim Kelly, 61, was one of the few people to actually walk inside the Mission polling station and vote in-person. “It gets me out of the house,” he said. And he also said he needed more time to decide what-in-the-world to do with the ballot’s second question. Ignore it? Or just vote for someone who he could palate as a replacement? Standing over the poll booth, he ended up just doing what Newsom’s campaign had ardently urged voters to do: He left it blank. Ballots will still be accepted until 8 p.m., giving the last minute voters plenty of time to make their choice. About 115 people dropped their ballots off at the City College site by mid-morning, compared to about 200 total the day prior, the poll workers at the station said. The workers said they expected another rush to come in around lunchtime or after work, and guessed they’d get about 300 by the end of the day.

‘He’s just done everything wrong’: Don Nicoli, 72, was among the few voters who cast an in-person ballot at the Veterans Memorial Building polling site in Lafayette Tuesday morning. He voted to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom and voted for talk radio personality Larry Elder as his replacement. “He’s just done everything wrong, and we haven’t heard a word from him until the recall,” Nicoli said of Newsom. Nicoli listed the governor’s shutdowns during the pandemic and his handling of wildfires as examples of his poor performance.

Biden stumps for Newsom in California: During a packed rally at Long Beach City College, President Biden railed against Larry Elder, the Republican front-runner to replace Newsom, if he’s recalled. “I’m going to make this as simple as I can: You either keep Gavin Newsom as your governor, or you’ll get Donald Trump,” Biden told the riled-up crowd. The president called Elder “a clone” of Trump and warned that the commentator opposes abortion rights, the minimum wage and has vowed to repeal vaccine and mask mandates. “California the eyes of the nation are on you. I’m not joking,” Biden said. “The rest of America is counting on you, and so am I.”

If Newsom is recalled, could Californians recall his replacement. The answer is, as you might expect, a little complicated, said Jenna Dresner, a spokesperson for California’s Secretary of State.

“An effort could certainly immediately be filed, and Newsom could run as a replacement candidate. But it would just have to qualify and be called by the Lieutenant Governor sooner than December 4 in order to avoid it being consolidated with the June primary election,” Dresner told The Chronicle.

However, the replacement candidate couldn’t be sworn in until the Statement of the Vote is certified on October 22, so there wouldn’t be enough time to circulate petitions, conduct signature verification, get Department of Finance cost estimates, etc., by December 4.”

Where will recall candidates be watching the results tonight? Gov. Gavin Newsom hasn’t announced a public event, but several of the candidates seeking to replace him have. Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder is hosting a “victory party” in Orange County. Reality television star Caitlyn Jenner is holding an “election night celebration of the recall of Gavin Newsom” is Los Angeles. Real estate investor John Cox will watch the results privately with family and friends in San Diego County. And state legislator Kevin Kiley will join Orrin Heatlie, the original recall petitioner, at a gathering in Placer County.

Newsom picks San Francisco for final campaign stop: The governor will make his final campaign stop in San Francisco this afternoon, to thank get-out-the-vote volunteers, his campaign said Tuesday morning. Newsom was formerly the mayor of the city.

Jenner pushes back on Dems’ branding: Celebrity recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner, a Republican languishing in the polls, pushed back in her final campaign appearance on Democrats’ casting of the recall as political. “The left has hijacked our recall by branding it as a ‘Republican recall,’” she tweeted. No well-known Democrats have supported the recall or run as candidates.

‘The eyes of the nation are on you’: California voters to decide Newsom recall: Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide Newsom’s fate in the recall election that’s become a national rallying point for both major parties. The contest — the highest-profile election since the 2020 presidential race — is fueled by populist anger over California’s pandemic-era business closures and the governor’s response to the crisis. Read the story here.

Slow voting start in Oakland: A slow but steady stream of voters showed up Tuesday morning at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church to drop-off ballots and vote in the gubernatorial recall election. A poll worker at the site, Brie, who declined to provide her last name, said voters have been trickling in all morning. “So far, we’ve had about 25 people come in,” she said as of 10 am. The turnout was better on Tuesday compared to the previous three days since the center began operating as a polling place, she said.

‘Very slow’ election day in Lafayette: While some voters lined up outside the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church polling place in Lafayette at 7 a.m. on the dot to cast ballots in person, Tuesday morning, overall, had been “very slow,” poling site inspector Robyn Barker said. By 9:30 a.m., only about 25 people had voted in the recall election in person, with most of the area’s 8,000-plus voters choosing to vote by mail or not at all. Still, poll site workers were “really committed to having a clean, fair, orderly election,” Barker, 62, said. “You hear people talk about how it’s all rigged and everything, and I find that almost personally offensive,” she said.

Elder gets backup from Mike Piazza: While much of Hollywood lines up behind Democrats, Republican Larry Elder deployed a celebrity endorsement Tuesday from former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza, who in a video urged Californians to vote for Elder to replace Newsom and pledged a visit to Dodgers Stadium if he wins.

Trump slams California recall in grievance-filled statement: Former President Donald Trump released a statement Tuesday predicting that Gov. Gavin Newsom would win, while not endorsing any of the Republican candidates and falsely trashing the election as “rigged.” The statement focused on Trump’s history with California, including highlighting his vote total and stance on water policy. The rhetoric of a “rigged” election mimics Republicans’ ongoing efforts to falsely cast doubt on election results nationwide, and the campaign talk of Larry Elder. Republican strategist Ron Nehring criticized those talking points in a tweet as “the most irresponsible act I’ve ever seen from a CA candidate in my 20 years in politics here.”

Democrats projecting confidence: Addisu Demissie, Newsom’s former campaign manager and an adviser to his anti-recall effort, tweeted Tuesday morning that based on early ballot return numbers showing 4.5 million Democrats already voting and remaining unprocessed mail ballots plus election day turnout, he feels “pretty confident saying more Democrats will vote in this election than there are registered Republicans.” There are 5.3 million registered Republican voters in the state and almost the same number of independents. According to analyst Ryan Matsumoto, the recall electorate so far is close to the 2020 presidential election cycle, a good sign for Democrats.

Elder shares video message: The leading candidate to replace Newsom, Republican radio show host Larry Elder, tweeted a video message Tuesday morning urging his supporters to vote yes on the recall. “We’re going to change California, in fact, we’re going to change the world,” he said.

Pelosi ties the recall to Trump: Joining the broad show of support for Newsom among top Democrats was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, who tweeted Tuesday morning that the election was a chance for “Californians who believe in justice, equality, science, and democracy to send a clear and loud message to Donald Trump’s Republican Party: Don’t mess with California!”

Second gentleman tweets Newsom support: The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris has joined the Biden administration’s support for Newsom, tweeting a message to Californians early Tuesday with a message to vote no on the recall. Second gentleman Doug Emhoff is also from the state, a longtime Los Angeles attorney.

An unexpected cameo: On the eve of election day, Gov. Gavin Newsom brought out the biggest name in Democratic politics: President Biden. But according to reporters traveling with the president, there was another big-name cameo along for the ride, literally. Fox News Channel producer Pat Ward tweeted that one of the press vans in Long Beach was driven by Alan Ruck, star of such hits as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Succession.” Motorcades around the country often rely on volunteer drivers, and Ruck told Ward that someone invited him to drive “and he figured why not.”

Polls open: As of 7 a.m., election day is officially underway, as polls opened across the state. Californians have until 8 p.m. to cast, drop off or mail their ballot in the recall, the culmination of months of politicking.

What does the governor think of all this? In an interview on Saturday with The Chronicle’s Alexei Koseff, Newsom owned up to one mistake. But he defended his track record in office and talked up his plans for the future — assuming he stays in office. “We’ve seeded a lot of investments that I think are going to pay huge dividends. So I really just want to reinforce to folks that I’m committed to finishing the job,” Newsom said.

What about that ballot? It may be a bit confusing, but we’ve got a step-by-step guide that explains it all — just in case you haven’t filled out and returned yours yet.

What’s happening on election day, and when? Polling places around the state are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (you can find yours here) and there are lots of ballot drop boxes, as well. We won’t hear anything about results before 8 p.m., but after that a sizeable number of tallies from early mail-in ballots could be revealed by the Secretary of State’s office. It’s possible we’ll know the outcome of the election well before midnight, but there could be surprises. Final results won’t be certified for a month.

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