Recall Election Update – Santa Clara County results

Note: Results may not be immediately available. In Santa Clara County, results for the governor recall election posted on September 14 represent early vote by mail ballots and polling place ballots. Counting of vote by mail ballots that are received on Election Day begins Wednesday; vote by mail ballots postmarked by Election Day can be received until September 21, and provisional ballots must be researched and verified. The whole process could take several weeks; the state will certify the final results on October 22.

We’re following County official results pages and will update local results below. The first preliminary results will be posted after 8:00 p.m. on election night.

Results reflect Santa Clara County only. For full results please visit the County election results page here .

Update: Below are the recall results in Santa Clara County as of 2:00p.m. on September 16th, 2021 as reported by the Secretary of State’s office. All of the precincts are still technically “partially reporting” due to vote-by-mail and provisional ballots which are still being processed. The results will be certified on October 22nd, 2021.

QuestionYes Votes%No Votes%
Shall Gavin Newsom be Recalled
(Removed) From the Office of Governor?

Following what many political pundits are calling a landslide victory, Governor Gavin Newsom has come out victorious in Tuesday’s recall election. Newsom won the state with 63.8% of the vote. The statewide landslide is not nearly as significant as the results from Santa Clara County, which reported 75.6% of the vote opposing the recall effort.

September 14th, 2021: Election Day is underway in California and we will be updating you throughout the day and week as results come in for Santa Clara County.

Voters are answering two questions on their ballots for the September 14 election: Should Governor Gavin Newsom  be recalled, and if so, who should replace him. The Newsom campaign is urging supporters to leave the second question blank, while replacement candidates like frontrunner Larry Elder are hoping to be selected there.

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey said that the County’s new voting system will likely produce election results sometime tonight, KRON4 reported. The County began using the new voting system at the beginning of 2020.

As for the state wide results, many counties have already begun counting mail-in ballots and could report final results within a few hours of the closing of the polls.   If the election is too close to call, residents could be waiting days or even weeks for a final count to be reported.

Bushey said that Santa Clara County is predicting that voter turnout may surpass initial 50-60% estimates based on early voting and mail in ballot return rates, which is on par with the March primary election numbers.

California residents can vote in person at their local polling locations, or can drop off or mail their ballot today to ensure that their vote is counted. For more information about voting and ballot drop off locations in Santa Clara County, visit the link here.