Vote Election Ballot

LOS ANGELES   - Today is the final day for California voters to return their vote-by-mail ballots or cast ballots at voting centers in the gubernatorial recall election.

The recall ballot contains only two questions: should Gov. Gavin Newsom be recalled -- removed -- from office, and if so, which of the 46 candidates on the ballot or seven write-in candidates should replace him?

   If 50% or more voters respond ``no'' to the first question, Newsom will remain in office, and the results of the second question will be irrelevant.

   If more than 50% of people vote ``yes'' on the first question, Newsom will be removed from office and replaced with the candidate who receives the most votes in the second question on the ballot.

   Voting locations will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Vote-by-mail ballots will be tallied as long as they are postmarked by Tuesday. The ballots can also be dropped off at any voting location or county elections office, or placed in a ballot drop box.

   According to the Secretary of State's office, more than 8 million vote- by-mail ballots had been returned statewide as of Sunday. Nearly 22.4 million were sent to voters.