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For the third time in 18 months, an effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has been launched, this time by a group citing the economic disruption caused by the governor’s tough response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Orrin Heatlie, a retired deputy sheriff from Yolo County, received permission Wednesday from the secretary of state to start circulating his petition. Backers need to gather just under 1.5 million valid signatures by Nov. 7 to force an election asking voters whether Newsom should be ousted from office.
The two earlier recall efforts fell more than 1 million signatures short, but Heatlie and other recall backers are convinced it will be different this time.
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