Anaheim City Council recall election scheduled for June 4

In California, a recall election seeking to remove Natalie Rubalcava from her position as the District 3 representative on the Anaheim City Council is scheduled for June 4, 2024. 

The recall effort began in August 2023. Recall supporters initiated the recall effort after the release of a public corruption investigation report. The report alleged that Rubalcava received names and contact information from Anaheim First, a resident advisory group created by the Chamber of Commerce, and used that information for campaign purposes. The report also alleged that Rubalcava gave operational directions to a city employee in violation of the city charter. 

In response to the recall effort, Rubalcava said, “Recall elections are supposed to be reserved for special circumstances when an office holder violates the public trust. This recall is being put forward by an organization that spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to defeat me in 2022. I think the voters of Anaheim’s 3rd city council district are going to see this recall for what it is and reject it.” Rubalcava took office in 2022. 

Recall supporters needed to collect 5,123 signatures by January 19, 2024, to put the recall on the ballot. They submitted 9,123 signatures for review on January 17, 2024, and a sufficient number were verified to allow the recall to proceed.

According to our most recent recall report, Ballotpedia covered 297 recall efforts against 434 elected officials in 2023. Of the officials included in recall efforts, 17.97% were removed from office in a recall election. This was the highest percentage of officials removed from office since 2018.

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