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Room with a View: What to do with your recall ballot

Our household’s vote-by-mail ballots arrived this week, followed soon by the official voter information guide.

We all sat around the dining table after dinner last night to go through the long list of candidates that applied to replace Governor Gavin Newsom, should the recall itself succeed.

So your first order of business — before you do anything else — is to open the official vote-by-mail ballot envelope and take out the ballot itself, the ballot return envelope, and all the assorted papers that came with them.

Using a permanent blue- or black-ink pen, mark the YES box in the first segment of the ballot, under STATE OF CALIFORNIA, that includes the explanatory text “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?”

Gavin Newsom has amply earned being recalled.

Second order of business is to whittle down the list of candidates. Set the ballot aside for a minute or two while you review the official voter information guide. Turn to page 11, which is the first page of candidate statements. For each candidate:

  1. Read the candidate statement.
  2. If the candidate is “No Party Preference,” squint. If the statement describes any involvement whatsoever with anything labeled “socialist” or “Marxist” — OR — the candidate statement includes any of the words “advocate,” “solidarity,” “equity,” or “living wage” — OR — the statement is minimal to nonexistent, draw a big red X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10.
  3. If the candidate is “Democratic,” bare your teeth, growl, and draw a big red X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. Replacing Gavin Newsom with another Democrat will not fix the problems confronted by the State of California.
  4. If the candidate is “Green,” drum your fingers, then draw a big red X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. Replacing Gavin Newsom with an environment-obsessed candidate will not fix the problems confronted by the State of California.
  5. If the candidate is “Libertarian,” shrug your shoulders, then draw a big blue X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. A Libertarian candidate will not garner enough votes to win. Just saying.
  6. If the candidate is Doug Ose, draw a big blue X through the candidate statement. Strike out the candidate’s name in the list on page 10. Sadly, Mr. Ose has withdrawn his candidacy because he suffered a heart attack over the weekend. We pray for a swift and complete recovery.

By my count, that immediately eliminates 13 of the candidates.

But some candidates have no published statement — cross those names off of the list on page 10, too!

That eliminates another 5 candidates.

Next, cross out the names of candidates you have never heard of — they do not have enough statewide name recognition to win.

After all the crossing-out, I am left with this list of candidates to choose from:

  • John Cox (R)
  • Larry Elder (R)
  • Kevin L. Faulconer (R)
  • Caitlyn Jenner (R)

That’s at least manageable.

Your winnowed list may differ. Whomever you decide to vote for, I urge you to not vote to replace Gavin Newsom with another Democrat. That will in no way fix the mess we’re in.

Follow the included directions to correctly mark, seal, and sign the ballot return envelope!

And while I have your attention: if your current State Assemblymember or Senator is a Democrat and up for re-election next year, vote against him or her. The State of California needs more checks and balances, negotiation and compromise. Lay waste to the Demoratic Party’s supermajority in State government!

Transparency note: I am registered as No Party Preference.

7 Comments

  1. So why is there no secret ballot envelope in the voter packet? My voting ballot has nothing to go into other than the envelope with all my personal information on it. Is that right? Anyone who takes it out to count it has all my address info at his/her/their fingertips. That feels creepy.

    1. At some point in the ballot counting process, the envelope with all your data on it and the ballot, with only barcode on it are separated if the signature and the identity on the envelope are verified. The last time I looked at my OC ballot return envelope, there were no holes strategically placed to allow someone to see the marking on the ballot. Sorry Jennifer, that way too long article is filled with fraud fantasies.

  2. Shelley, your 6-points proves that voting is an intellectual choice enveloped in awareness of California’s socio-economic political eco-system. I would guess that its simplicity and that every voting citizen can do this, except the true believers – that the two-parties must remain unchangeable and not oppositional..

    1. Author

      Robin,

      Thank you for reaading and writing for Orange County Breeze.

      Regarding voting:

      • voting in person is best
      • personally dropping off your ballot at a voting center or in a drop box is okay
      • mailing your ballot is iffy
      • avoid handing your ballot to someone else to take to a drop box or voting center — way too much opportunity for mischief

      “Ballot harvesting” should be illegal.

      Again, Robin, thank you for reading and writing for Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor,
      Orange County Breeze

      PS: Larry Elder must be the front-runner, because he’s catching eyebrow-raising uncorroborated accusations.

  3. Source: Politico

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Alexandra Datig, the former fiancee and longtime radio producer for California GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder, says she broke off an 18-month engagement with the conservative talk show host in 2015 after he waved a gun at her while high on marijuana.
    [end of source quote].
    Elder is my choice for replacing Newsom. A fellow lover of weed and knows how to negotiate, specially with Democrats and women. How much damage can he do? He will only be in office for about a year+. Elder be a spectacular failure and remind people that Republicans cannot govern, they can only intimidate.

    1. Author

      Vonnie,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Our readers may be interested in reading the entire Politico article at https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/19/elders-ex-fiancee-said-he-brandished-a-gun-at-her-506286

      Here is another quote from the article:

      The alleged gun incident occurred in the midst of a heated conversation as their relationship was unraveling, according to Datig. “He was in the bedroom, and I was standing by the door,” she said. “We talked to each other.’’ He became silent, she said, and then slowly “walked over to the nightstand, opened the door, took out the gun,’’ a .45 pistol.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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