Sep 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

By the numbers: Who can be recalled

State officials eligible for recall
Re-created from Ballotpedia; Map: Axios Visuals

Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated the effort to recall him earlier this week — but there are 10 other states besides California allowing recalls of any elected state official.

The big picture: Officials across the U.S. have come under extra scrutiny for how they've handled the coronavirus and the 2020 elections in each state.

By the numbers: This year, there have been seven recall efforts against governors, in Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota and Washington, as well as California.

  • Governors aren't the only ones facing the threat. Ballotpedia tracked 164 recall efforts against 262 officials during the first half of this year —at least 77 were tied to the handling of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
  • Rules about who can be recalled vary in each state.
  • Only 11 states don't allow any state official to be recalled.
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