The latest news on this front comes from a really interesting article at Ballot Access News written by the widely-respected election expert and advocate for third party/independent ballot access Richard Winger. Take a look at this excerpt:
California law says that once an election-related petition is submitted, it is not a public document. On April 12, the Senate Elections Committee passed SB 663 by a vote of 4-1. It says that an exception will be made for recall petitions. Once the recall petition is submitted, opponents may see the petitions and copy them. This will enable them to try to persuade signers to remove their names. The bill also extends the deadline for individuals to withdraw their names, from the date the petition is submittted, until 45 days after the petition has been submitted.
The bill now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it will be heard on April 20. If the bill becomes law, it will not take effect until January 1, 2022, so it would not affect the current gubernatorial recall petition.
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