Background Numbers on Recall Effort

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

VOTERS ELIGIBLE vs. REGISTERED: 21,833,141 versus 15,380,536

REGISTRATION BY PARTY: Democrats, 43.7 percent; Republicans, 35.3 percent; decline to state, 16 percent; American Independent, 2 percent; Green, 1.1 percent.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Requested, 3,229,519; turned in, 2,163,427.

POLLING PLACES: Typically about 25,000, consolidated to about 12,500; 50,000 poll workers, or about four to a polling place.

CANDIDATES: 135 on ballot, including the names of several who dropped out - Republicans Bill Simon and Peter Ueberroth and independent Arianna Huffington. There also are official write-in candidates.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates listed on ballot paid a $3,500 filing fee and collected 65 voter signatures, or submitted 10,000 voter signatures instead of paying the fee. Write-in candidates paid no filing fees, but collected 65 to 100 voter signatures and filled out statements of economic interests.

COST: $66 million - $11 million for state and $55 million for 58 counties.

MONEY RAISED: $75 million. Arnold Schwarzenegger raised the most, $18.25 million through Californians for Schwarzenegger and $3.3 million through Schwarzenegger's Total Recall Committee. Three pro-Davis committees collected $18 million - Californians Against the Costly Recall, $14.2 million; Taxpayers Against the Recall, $2.6 million, and the Gov. Gray Davis Committee, $1.2 million.

BALLOTS: 80 versions, one for each state Assembly District, with the list of candidates rotated to avoid giving advantage to names at the top.

VOTER TURNOUT: County officials expecting higher than the 50.7 percent in November 2002 gubernatorial election, and lower than the 71 percent of November 2000 presidential election. California's record high turnout was 88.4 percent in Nov. 3, 1964, presidential election.

COUNTING THE VOTE: Counties have 28 days, until Nov. 5, to complete their count. Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has 39 days, until Nov. 15, to certify the election results.

OTHER STATES WITH RECALL PROVISION: 18, plus the District of Columbia.

RECALL PRECEDENT: North Dakota voters recalled Gov. Lynn Frazier in 1921.


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