In California , a day to recall?

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October 07, 2003|By SUN STAFF

After months of legal challenges, today Californians finally go to the polls to decide the politican fate of Gov. Gray Davis and the future of their state. Here's a look at who's on the ballot and what they voting may look like.

LEADING CANDIDATES

The Challengers

Cruz Miguel Bustamante

Party: Democrat

Birth date: Jan. 4, 1953

Age: 50

Birthplace: Dinuha Calif.

Education: Fresco City College and California State University, Fresno, 2003

Family: Wife, Arcelia; three children

Experience: District representative for Rep. Richard Lehman, 1983-88; district administrative assistant for State Assemblyman Bruce Bronzan, 1988-93; assemblyman, 1993-98; Assembly Speaker, 1996-98 lieutenant governor, 1999-present

Thomas Miller McClintock

Republican

Birth date: July 10, 1956

Age: 47

Birthplace: White Plains, N.Y.

Education: Graduated UCLA, 1978

Family: Wife, Lori; two children

Experience: State assemblyman, 1982-92 and 1996-2000 director of Center for the California Taxpayer 1992-94; ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1992 and for state Controller in 1994 and 2002; director of economic and regulatory affairs for Claremont Institutes Golden State Center for Policy Studies, 1995- 96; state senator 2000-present

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Party: Republican

Birth date: July 30, 1947

Age: 56

Birthplace: Thai, Austria

Education: Graduated University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1979

Family: Wife, Maria Shriver, daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver; four children

Experience: As a bodybuilder, won Mr. Olympia title seven times, 1970-75 and in 1980; starred in numerous films, including "The Terminator"; successfully championed California Proposition 49, a ballot initiative aimed at funding before-and after-school programs; chairman of the nonprofit National Inner-City Games Foundation, a group that provides free after-school and summer activities to low-income children

The Incumbent

Gray Davis

Party: Democrat

Birth date: Dec. 26, 1942

Age: 60

Birthplace: New York

Education:Graduated Stanford University, 1964

Family: Wife, Sharon Ryer

The road to recall

Nov. 2002 Gray Davis re-elected to a second term as governor of California, defeating Republican candidate Bill Simon Jr.

May 2003 U.S. Rep. Darrel Issa donates money to finance recall effort; paid workers gather signatures

July 17 Democratic National Committee chairman vows no Democrat will run to replace Davis

July 23 State officials announce there are more than 1.3 million valid signatures - more than enough to require a recall election

July 24 State officials set Oct. 7 as date for- recall election

Aug. 6 Arnold Schwarzenegger enters race, announcing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Aug. 7 A tearful Issa, above, withdraws from the race; Lt. Coy. Cruz M. Bustamante breaks ranks with Democrats to join race

Aug. 13 135 candidates certified for the ballot; the ballot will be the longest since 1914

Sept 15 Federal appeals judges order delay of recall election, noting deficiencies in punch card ballots that could prevent some votes from being counted

Sept. 19 Federal appeals court says it will reconsider decision to postpone the recall

Sept. 23 Federal appeals court allows recall vote to go forward

Sept. 24 Schwarzeneggcr makes first debate appearance, establishing credibility

Oct. 2 Los Angeles Times publishes article in which six women accuse Schwarzenegger of groping them; he admits "behaving badly' toward women

Oct. 5 Four more women come forward to accuse Schwarzenegger of improper advances

THE BALLOT

The first question on the ballot will ask: "Shall Gray Davis he recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?" A second question lists 135 candidates to succeed him if he is recalled, If a majority of voters vote no on the recall, Davis remains governor. If a majority vote yes, the replacement candidate with the most votes wins the election, regardless of whether he or she gets a majority of the votes.

Q&A

Q: How many versions of the ballot are there?

A: 80, one version for each the state's Assembly districts. The candidates' names are rotated to counter the estimated 5 percent advantage a candidate gets from being at the top of the ballot. The names are also in random, not alphabetical order.

Q: Are all 135 replacement candidates still in the race?

A: No. Four have dropped out.

Q: How did the replacement candidates get on the ballot?

A: They paid a $3,500 filing fee and collected 65 voter signatures or they submitted 10,000 signatures instead of paying the filing fee.

Q: Can voters who cast absentee ballots before the election get the ballot hack and vote again today it they changed their minds?

A: No. Once a ballot has arrived at a county elections office, it's an officially cast ballot.

Q: Has a governor ever been recalled in this country?

A: Once. North Dakota voters recalled Gov. Lynn Frazier midway into his third term in 1991.

Q: How many states allow recall elections for state officials?

A: 18 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Q: What happens if the race is too close to call tonight?

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