Unofficial election results show majority of SLO County voters voting against Newsom recall

Sep 15, 2021

After California's gubernatorial recall election yesterday, major media outlets have called the race in favor of Governor Gavin Newsom, who has defeated the attempt to recall him from office — and in San Luis Obispo County, early results show voters in general voted no on the recall.

The last unofficial results from the SLO County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, posted just after midnight, put the county’s percentage of NO votes at 58.54%, with the YES on the recall votes at 41.46%.

That’s from a total of 56,209 votes counted so far — though again, the results are unofficial and not certified.

In SLO County, conservative radio host Larry Elder was the most voted-for candidate to replace the governor, at 49.22% of those who answered the second question on the ballot.

SLO County Deputy Clerk-Recorder Helen Nolan spoke to KCBX News just after unofficial election results came in, and said turnout in the county looks strong based on several indicators.

One of San Luis Obispo County's election drop-off sites.
Credit Benjamin Purper

“We saw our ballot drop-off boxes filled to the brim and needing emptying more often than we thought they would, so I’m super excited to see what our final turnout percentage numbers are going to look like,” Nolan said. “I think they’re going to be really strong.”

Final numbers on turnout won’t be available, though, until the election is certified. Nolan says that could take a while.

“I mean, we can take 30 days — we probably anticipate taking the full thirty days. If we’re able to certify a day or two earlier, that would be great. [But] at this point, I would anticipate taking the full 30 days.”

SLO County’s unofficial election results are available at