SACRAMENTO, October 22, 2021 – California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. has certified the results of the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

The results for the question of whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom are:
Voting Yes 4,894,473
Voting No 7,944,092

While the question of recalling Governor Newsom failed, the results for the replacement candidates are required to be tabulated. The results for each candidate may be found here.

“Despite the ongoing uncertainties of the pandemic, I am encouraged that millions of Californians were still committed to participating in the California Gubernatorial Recall Election – nearly 3.5 million more than participated in the 2003 recall election,” Secretary Weber said. “As I’ve said before, democracy matters to Californians and giving them the option to participate early by mail, at secure drop-off locations or safely in person has clearly reinforced their commitment to making their voices heard.

“I also want to commend the state’s elections officials and poll workers for stepping up to ensure the recall ran so smoothly. The short timeline and the logistics of providing voter information, ensuring access to the election, securing the ballots and protecting the health and safety of voters were a challenging endeavor. Their effectiveness at delivering an accessible, fair and secure election under these conditions deserves our respect. I am proud to serve with them in the administration of our democracy.”


Total registered voters (as of August 30, 2021), 88.87 percent of eligible voters — a state record.

Total votes cast. This is 3,479,084 more votes than were cast in the last statewide gubernatorial recall election in 2003.

Total vote-by-mail ballots, 91.01 percent of all votes cast.

58.45 percent
Turnout of registered voters