How California’s recall laws could change.

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How California’s recall laws could change.

Sept. 14, 2021, 2:03 p.m. ET

Sept. 14, 2021, 2:03 p.m. ET

Voters filling out ballots at City Hall in San Francisco.Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times

This recall election has revealed something of a paradox among Californians: We hold dear our ability to recall elected leaders from office but believe the process by which we do so to be deeply flawed. In recent weeks, there have been a growing number of calls to reform the state’s recall laws.

As of July, two-thirds of Californians thought the process was ripe for change, according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

But changing it is a difficult two-step process that includes amendments to the State Constitution.

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