Lt. Gov. Bustamante Calls Oct. 7 Election For Davis Recall & To Name Replacement
SPECIAL ELECTION PROCLAMATION
(July 24, 2003, posted at 10:45 a.m.) -- Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante has issued a proclamation calling an Oct. 7 special election that will ask voters if Gov. Gray Davis shall be recalled...and if so, who should replace him.
Under Lt. Gov. Bustamante's proclamation, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether Davis shall be recalled...and if so who will replace him. If over 50% of voters vote to recall Davis, the new Governor will be the candidate drawing the largest number of votes.
The historic proclamation text is as follows:
I, CRUZ M. BUSTAMANTE, Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, by the power and authority vested in me by Sections 15 and 17, Article II of the Constitution of the State of California, do hereby proclaim and order that a special statewide election shall be held on the 7th day of October, 2003, to determine whether Gray Davis, Governor of the State of California, shall be recalled, and if the majority vote on the question is to recall, to elect a successor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and have caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed on this 24th day of July, of the Year Two Thousand and Three.
CRUZ M. BUSTAMANTE
Lieutenant Governor of California
Secretary of State
In releasing the proclamation today, Lt. Gov. Bustamante said, "I have consulted with the offices of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the Legislative Council in selecting the date and the language in this historic proclamation"
As reported within minutes yesterday by LBReport.com, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley announced that over 1.6 million signatures had been received seeking recall of Gov. Davis and over 1.3 million were deemed valid, significantly exceeding the roughly 890,000 required.
Gov. Davis Recall Certified, 1.6+ Million Signatures Received, 1.3+ Million Valid; Recall Election Must Be Held In 60-80 Days