LOS ANGELES – Some facts about the recall campaign against California Gov. Gray Davis (search):
Recall Election: Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (search) has to set election date; says he'll do so Thursday. Election has to be 60 to 80 days from certification. County election officials have discussed Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 as possible dates.
Who Runs: Individuals must declare candidacies at least 59 days before the election. To get on the ballot, candidate must file 65 signatures from registered voters and pay $3,500, or file 10,000 signatures instead of filing fee.
Declared Candidates: U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (search), R-Vista, who largely funded the recall drive; Green Party candidate Peter Camejo.
Possible Candidates: On the GOP side, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger; businessman Bill Simon, who lost to Davis in November; state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks. State's leading Democrats have closed ranks behind Davis and said they don't intend to run.
Cost: Estimated at $30 million to $35 million. Bulk of cost to be born by California's 58 counties.
Ballot: Secretary of state's office has said ballot would have two parts: Voters would answer yes or no on recalling Davis, then choose from list of potential successors. If recall succeeds, candidate with most signatures would replace Davis. Bustamante has recently thrown that scenario into question by refusing to say whether he would set a replacement election for the same ballot as a recall election.
Other Measures on Ballot: Recall ballot would include a racial privacy initiative, which would ban government agencies and schools in the state from collecting most kinds of racial and ethnic information; and a proposed constitutional amendment to dedicate an increasing portion of the state's budget to infrastructure spending. Those measures have already qualified for the ballot in California and will appear on the recall ballot because it is the next statewide election.
Source: California secretary of state, AP research