Recall election goes to by-mail vote

THE WESTMINSTER city council recall election is going to by-mail voting only, by order of Gov. Newsom (Shutterstock).

Westminster’s special city council recall election appears to be headed toward by-mail only balloting.

On Friday Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring that several elections – including Westminster’s April 7 event to possibly remove from office and replace three members of the city council – will require that any new voting be done by mail, and that the county must supply by-mail ballots to all.

The order stated that the elections “shall each be held as an all-mail ballot election” and that “county elections officials responsible for conducting each respective election shall transmit vote-by-mail ballots to all voters eligible to vote in each respective election.”

Westminster voters will be asked whether to remove from office Mayor Tri Ta and councilmembers Kimberly Ho and Chi Charlie Nguyen. Voters will also be asked to select replacement candidates if the recall is successful.

The by-mail provision is intended to curb the spread of contagion of the coronavirus.

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