September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall California Gubernatorial Recall Election Results Certified
66.29% Voter Turnout – Higher Turnout than 2003 Recall Election

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Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Asst. Chief Elections Officer & Asst. Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Today, Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder for the County of San Mateo, officially certified the election results for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

“Someday, those who voted in this election will remember their historic participation in a recall of a sitting California governor, as this is only the second Gubernatorial Recall Election in more than 100 years,” said Church. “In addition, people will not forget this election, as like last year’s Presidential General Election, it was conducted during a worldwide pandemic.”

San Mateo County voter registration was at 440,817 registered voters for this election. Of the 292,233 ballots cast, 278,779 or 95.4%, were Vote by Mail ballots, and 13,454 ballots, or 4.6%, were cast at Vote Centers.

“Voters appreciated the many voting options available to them,” said Church. “They clearly preferred to vote by mail and use our Official Drop Boxes.”

In this election, voters voted early. More than half the ballots cast were received by August 31st. The in-person voting at Vote Centers dropped from 8.7% in the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election to 4.6% in the September Special Election.

“Notwithstanding the enormous challenges such as the quick turnaround time to prepare for this specially called election, it was a complete success,” concluded Church. “The voters are to be commended for the impressive turnout for a special election, together with the outstanding men and women who served on the front line of our democracy and made this election possible.”

The results of the election are certified upon completion of the Canvass of the Vote during the 30 days following an election, which includes a One Percent Manual Tally of the votes to confirm the accuracy of the results.

The Official Election Results, published in the Statement of the Vote, are posted on the San Mateo County Registration & Elections website, These official election results provide a complete picture of the election with vote totals broken down by precinct and major districts. Anyone may review, download, or print a complete copy of the election results at

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