How does that Oxnard recall ballot work anyway?

By Ed Castillo

I asked the following questions  of Oxnard City Clerk Michelle Ascencion about the May 1 special recall election:
How does the 50% plus one vote work for the recall election?
Is it:
A) 50% plus one of the entire voters who casted a vote‎ in the election?
B) 50% plus one of the entire votes for the individual recall candidate? Example Bert. If the race for Bert Perello,  5,000 people casted votes in that race. Would Bert need 2,501 No Votes to keep his seat?
This has been confusing. Hope you can assist.  


Per City Clerk Michelle Ascencion:

Each of the races is counted individually. So consider the ballot as 8 different and separate races: the four recall questions and the four replacement candidate races. Each is counted individually and separately. So the 50%+1 is different for each recall question, depending entirely on how the votes are cast for each one. That’s why some council members may get recalled, while some may not. The replacement candidates are simply the top vote-getter wins. It all depends on what the count is for EACH INDIVIDUAL race. Get it?

I hope this makes sense. If not, call me 805-385-7805

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Gerard Kapuscik
Gerard Kapuscik
3 years ago

Clarity, definition, and boundaries are always a good thing, especially when the way a Recall Ballot is constructed works counterintuitively to the way that many people might perceive a “Yes” vote!

Except in Recall elections, voters are used to casting a “Yes,” vote if they want to either elect or keep the candidate of their choice in office.

In a recall election, and ONLY in a recall election, the reverse is true.

If you support keeping the Councilmember in office, you must vote “No” on the question of their Recall, NOT Yes!

Stan Johnson
Stan Johnson
3 years ago

Wood like some information on some of the other candidates. Can’t find web pages on the candidates, platform statement, history, or endorsements anywhere. It would be nice to know who these people are on the ballot.