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California’s Having A Recall Election. Are You Interested? If Not, What’s On Your Mind?

Rows of bright yellow voting booths, with booths on each side of the aisles, have masked voters using the electronic screens.
File photo: People vote at the Forum on the last day of early voting for the 2020 election.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a recall election in September, meaning he could be removed from office early.

Polls have shown some voters are less engaged ahead of this race and less likely to vote. Low voter turnout could have a big impact on the result — California may have a new governor at the end of all this.

Still, we know that it’s been a tough couple years.

Between a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 64,000 Californians and led to major shifts in our home and work lives, record-breaking drought and wildfires and all of the other day-to-day challenges in life, politics may not be the first thing on your mind.

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We want to know: What’s on your mind if you’re not interested in this year’s gubernatorial recall election?

This could be because you’re feeling overwhelmed, lost a loved one to COVID-19, or are less financially secure than a year ago. You could be burned out on elections or feel like you don’t have the information you need about the upcoming vote.

If you’re a registered voter, we’re interested in hearing why you’ve tuned out of the California recall election — intentionally or not.

We may use your response in an upcoming story, and we may contact you to learn more for our reporting.