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Fresno County Says 77% of Newsom Recall Signatures are Valid

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Fresno County has verified nearly 59,000 signatures on the recall petition of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

James Kus, the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, said that is a verification rate of 77.4% of 76,193 signatures received.

“We are currently completing a secondary review of all invalid signatures and anticipate all activities to be complete by the end of (this) week,” Kus said.

Recall proponents said they collected more than 2 million signatures that are currently being counted by the state’s 58 county clerks. The counties have until April 29 to verify signatures. If 1,495,709 signatures are verified, the recall election will take place, likely in October or November.

There are still plenty of steps before setting an election date. Signers of the petition have 30 business days to withdraw. If there are still enough signatures, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee has 30 days to review them.

After that, the Secretary of State would certify to the Lieutenant Governor the number of signatures required for the election. Then, the election would be scheduled within 60 to 80 days.

Results for Other Valley Counties

The latest update from the Secretary of State as of March 11 showed 1,188,073 signatures verified.

Madera County has received approximately 13,800 signatures in total for review. Through March 11, the county verified 8,979 of 10,873 signatures received through that date for a 83% verification rate.

Kings County received 10,477 signatures. As of its last announced count through March 11, Kings County has verified 8,258 of 9,903 for a 83% verification rate.

Tulare County did not have an update beyond the March 11 SOS update, with 79% verified from 34,605 signatures.

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