California's Recall System

California's Recall System

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Executive Summary

Press Release

Fact Sheet

Study Description

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Overview

In 2021, for the second time in two decades, Californians went to the polls to vote on the recall of the state’s governor. The attempted recall of Governor Gavin Newsom brought significant attention to the recall and spurred calls to reform California’s recall system.

As California’s bipartisan, independent oversight agency, the Little Hoover Commission will consider whether California’s system for recalling state office-holders should be changed, and if so, how. The Commission’s study will examine the history of the recall in California, how the recall process operates, and how the recall works in other states. It will also explore the arguments for and against changes to the recall and evaluate potential reforms that have been suggested.

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact Tristan Stein at tristan.stein@lhc.ca.gov. To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the review is complete, please subscribe to Little Hoover Commission updates: https://bit.ly/LittleHooverNews.

Share your thoughts on California's recall system here: https://bit.ly/CArecallsystem

Written testimony from hearing witnesses can be found below in the corresponding event agenda.

 

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  • November 8
    2021
    Hearing on California's Recall System (Part 3)
    10 a.m.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    Hearing on California's Recall System (Part 3)
    10 a.m. 
    Monday, November 8, 2021


    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Online: https://bit.ly/3pNi6IW
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 934-6782-9860
    Password: 631892

    1. Potential Reform of the State Recall System
              a. Dr. Shirley Weber, California Secretary of State
              b. Bill Jones, Former California Secretary of State, 1995-2003
              c. Ben Allen, California State Senator (SD 26)
              d. Public Comment

    Share your thoughts on California's recall system here: https://bit.ly/CArecallsystem

    Add to your calendar

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 29, 2021
     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (510) 205-8042

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 8 on California's recall system and a webinar on Tuesday, November 9 at 12 p.m. on COVID-19 and children's mental health. The events will be conducted via Zoom. 

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be canceled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Monday, November 1 for the November 8 public hearing and by Tuesday, November 2 for the November 9 webinar. 


    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

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  • October 14
    2021
    California's Recall System
    10 a.m.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    Public Hearing on California's Recall System
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, October 14, 2021

     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Online: https://bit.ly/3AaPGdI 
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 955-9424-5574
    Password: 698923

    1. Potential Reform of the State Recall System
    • Historical and Comparative Background
      • David A. Carrillo, Executive Director, California Constitution Center, University of California, Berkeley (Written Testimony)
    • Public Opinion about the Recall and Potential Reforms
      • Mark Baldassare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Policy Institute of California
      • Mark DiCamillo, Director, Berkeley IGS Poll, University of California, Berkeley (Witness Presentation)
      • Thad Kousser, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, University of California, San Diego (Witness Presentation & Written Testimony)
    • Public Comments (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

     

    Add to your calendar

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 4, 2021
     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0943

    Notice of Hearing

    On Thursday, October 14, 2021 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on California's recall system via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3AaPGdI. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 955-9424-5574. The password is 698923. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The hearing will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the hearing, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. Public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-0943 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, October 7, 2021.

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

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  • October 28
    2021
    California's Recall System (Part 2)
    10 a.m.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA:
    Public Hearing on California's Recall System (Part 2)
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, October 28, 2021
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Online:
    https://bit.ly/3G14r79
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 979-7797-7060
    Password: 575258
     

    1. Potential Reform of the State Recall System

    • Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters and Board Chair, California Voter Foundation (Written Testimony)
    • Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside; Executive Director, California 100; and Founder, Center for Social Innovation, UC-Riverside (Witness Presentation)
    • Jessica A. Levinson, Professor, Loyola Law School and Director, Loyola Law School’s Public Service Institute
    • Public Comments (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

     

    Add to your calendar: https://evt.mx/YYICTn51

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 18, 2021

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (510) 205-8042

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, October 28, 2021 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on California's recall system via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3G14r79. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 979-7797-7060. The password is 575258. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The hearing will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the hearing, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. Public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, October 21, 2021.


    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

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  • November 8
    2021
    Hearing on California's Recall System (Part 3)
    10 a.m.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    Hearing on California's Recall System (Part 3)
    10 a.m. 
    Monday, November 8, 2021


    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Online: https://bit.ly/3pNi6IW
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 934-6782-9860
    Password: 631892

    1. Potential Reform of the State Recall System
              a. Dr. Shirley Weber, California Secretary of State
              b. Bill Jones, Former California Secretary of State, 1995-2003
              c. Ben Allen, California State Senator (SD 26)
              d. Public Comment

    Share your thoughts on California's recall system here: https://bit.ly/CArecallsystem

    Add to your calendar

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 29, 2021
     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (510) 205-8042

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 8 on California's recall system and a webinar on Tuesday, November 9 at 12 p.m. on COVID-19 and children's mental health. The events will be conducted via Zoom. 

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be canceled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Monday, November 1 for the November 8 public hearing and by Tuesday, November 2 for the November 9 webinar. 


    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

    Video

  • October 14
    2021
    California's Recall System
    10 a.m.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    Public Hearing on California's Recall System
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, October 14, 2021

     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Online: https://bit.ly/3AaPGdI 
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 955-9424-5574
    Password: 698923

    1. Potential Reform of the State Recall System
    • Historical and Comparative Background
      • David A. Carrillo, Executive Director, California Constitution Center, University of California, Berkeley (Written Testimony)
    • Public Opinion about the Recall and Potential Reforms
      • Mark Baldassare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Policy Institute of California
      • Mark DiCamillo, Director, Berkeley IGS Poll, University of California, Berkeley (Witness Presentation)
      • Thad Kousser, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, University of California, San Diego (Witness Presentation & Written Testimony)
    • Public Comments (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

     

    Add to your calendar

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 4, 2021
     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0943

    Notice of Hearing

    On Thursday, October 14, 2021 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on California's recall system via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3AaPGdI. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 955-9424-5574. The password is 698923. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The hearing will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the hearing, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. Public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-0943 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, October 7, 2021.

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

    Video
  • October 28
    2021
    California's Recall System (Part 2)
    10 a.m.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA:
    Public Hearing on California's Recall System (Part 2)
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, October 28, 2021
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Online:
    https://bit.ly/3G14r79
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 979-7797-7060
    Password: 575258
     

    1. Potential Reform of the State Recall System

    • Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters and Board Chair, California Voter Foundation (Written Testimony)
    • Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside; Executive Director, California 100; and Founder, Center for Social Innovation, UC-Riverside (Witness Presentation)
    • Jessica A. Levinson, Professor, Loyola Law School and Director, Loyola Law School’s Public Service Institute
    • Public Comments (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

     

    Add to your calendar: https://evt.mx/YYICTn51

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 18, 2021

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (510) 205-8042

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, October 28, 2021 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on California's recall system via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3G14r79. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 979-7797-7060. The password is 575258. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The hearing will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the hearing, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. Public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, October 21, 2021.


    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

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