Of those, about 84 percent, or 668,202, were valid, meaning they belonged to a registered California voter.
Is the recall election likely to happen?
That 84 percent figure is an unusually high rate of valid signatures, compared with, say, a typical petition to put an initiative on the ballot. Observers say that’s an encouraging sign for backers of the recall.
Furthermore, experts have told me that polling suggests there are plenty of voters, including some six million who cast ballots for former President Donald J. Trump, who are likely to support a recall.
Widespread dissatisfaction with the initial vaccine rollout could contribute to those numbers. Finally, as the school year inches closer to its typical close with most students learning remotely, the governor is under fire from both Republicans and members of his own party over the failure to reach a broad agreement on how to bring children back to classrooms.
Still, experts have said that things could change significantly before voters are asked to decide whether to end their governor’s term early.
What happens if a recall campaign gets enough signatures?
The state’s Department of Finance will work with the Secretary of State’s office and county election officials to estimate how much a recall election will cost. Once that happens, the estimate goes to top state officials and then the Joint Legislative Budget Committee has 30 days to review and comment on the costs before the signatures are officially certified.
After that, the lieutenant governor — not the Secretary of State’s office — is required to set an election between 60 and 80 days from the date of certification. That could be extended to 180 days if it would allow the recall election to be consolidated with a regularly scheduled election.