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“让政府更贴近民意” 加州华人看罢免州长行动 https://t.co/OSSiar2JJi — 美。。。

“让政府更贴近民意” 加州华人看罢免州长行动 https://t.co/OSSiar2JJi

— Voice of America Chinese Network (@VOAChinese)
February 12

加州选民罢免州长加文·纽森(Gavin
Newsom)的行动在快速成型中。星期三(2月10日)罢免联署已经达到所需150万签名的门槛,其中还有不少华人参与,他们对自己手中握有选举和罢免官员的权利极为重视。

Newsom, who was elected governor in November 2018, has been in office for only two years and has faced five attempts to remove him, but none have succeeded.What is going on is the sixth petition for removal.Why is Newsom so unwelcome to Californians?Why have many recalls failed?

加州华裔选民对纽森的分歧看法或许可以说明一二。

Chinese voters disagree

Chinese voters who support the Republican Party are dissatisfied with the liberal policies promulgated since Newsom took office.

Ms. Chen, who lives in San Diego, signed the petition for removal.She told VOA: "Newson introduced many very radical policies in 2019, and then increased taxes on working families like us. There is also the absurd bill he signed, that is, your name cannot appear in On the ballot, unless you disclose your tax information."

但是一些支持民主党的选民则认为,罢免提案中提到的加州有全美最高的税收,最高的无家可归率,不是现任州长一个人造成的,而是政府长期以来的制度造成的。

加州米尔克民主党俱乐部华裔董事邝恩龙(Jeffrey Kwong)说:“他改善我们的水利、保健,推广奥巴马的affordable
care(平价医保),公共健康和保险计划真的是做的很好。”

However, what has caused Newson the most criticism may be his repeated and varied prevention and control measures during the new crown epidemic.

家住洛杉矶的徐女士说:“大家觉得他的居家令政策有一些不一致……之前很多人不理解为什么我们饭店不能outdoor
dining(户外用餐),但教堂为什么可以部分开放。 但是我们很多人反映了这个问题以后,而且数字下降了以后,outdoor
dining又开放了。”

同样在洛杉矶的武恺丽(Kylie
Wu)对美国之音说:“最近他又取消了禁令。但是洛杉矶疫情正受到最严重的打击。我觉得他实施和解除禁令就像玩股票一样,他是在预测,而不是通过一些非常好的统计数据来支持他的决定。”

纽森选择性关闭商业的决定,使一些人认为,他代表的是有钱的建制派(the
establishment),而非真正受疫情影响的普通民众。

In November last year, Newsom was disclosed by the media that he did not wear a mask to attend a lobby party dinner.Wu Kaili, who supports the Democratic Progressive Party, told the Voice of America: "As the saying goes, the upper beam is not correct and the lower beam is crooked. Leaders have a great influence on the public. I think (Newsom's approach) has given many Californians untrue A sense of security."

According to the California Department of Public Health, as of February 2, the number of infections in California exceeded 10 million, and the death toll exceeded 3, making it one of the worst-hit areas in the United States.

但是同样支持民主党的潘帼慧(Dayna
Poon)则认为,疫情严重不是纽森一个人的错。“如果大家齐心协力共同合作,加州就不会变成现在这个样子。我觉得这不是他的问题。”

Ms. Xu said: “I think Newson’s handling in the initial stage is better, because he let the big family home in time, after all, still restricts some transmission. But I understand that everyone’s home order is basically a year before and after, so there is this Kind of frustration."

Chinese cherish the right to recall

Whether they support or oppose the removal, Chinese voters attach great importance to their right to remove the governor.

Ms. Chen in San Diego said: "The Chinese just have to dare to express. In the past, everyone had the impression that the Chinese didn't care about politics, just one acre of land. But now they still participate a lot. You want 150 million signatures this time. The Chinese have contributed a lot."

Wu Kaili said: "It definitely makes me feel autonomous. I have a say in the community and I want to take the initiative to make the community better. If that's not the case, why should I care about the community? I enjoy this right very much."

邝恩龙说:“有这个罢免制度是很好的。能够让政府更能代表民意。”

Removal of the governor is not easy

However, the removal of the governor is not an easy task, and it requires many hurdles.

美利坚大学政府学系教授戴维·卢布林(David
Lublin)告诉美国之音,“启动罢免选举需要在一定时期内获得一定数量的选民签名,而且签名的数量因州而异。”

For example, in California, the number of petitioners needs to reach 12% of the voters in the last election.

Lublin: "Considering that California is such a large state, this is indeed a very high number, and it must be collected in a relatively short period of time, rather than collected over many years, which makes it more difficult."

If the petition can collect 3 valid signatures before March 17, the procedure for the recall election will be officially launched.Since many of the co-signed signatures may be invalidated during the official verification process, the organization that initiated the recall operation stated that they will continue to seek co-signatures until it reaches 149 million to 5709 million signatures.

After reaching the number of petitioners, California will put votes.There will be two questions on the ballot: one is whether to approve the removal of the governor; the other is who is elected as the new governor.If the majority of voters agree to remove the governor in the first question, the person who gets the most votes in the second question will become the new governor of California.

Lublin emphasized that the winner does not necessarily have to get more than 50% of the vote, as long as it is the person with the most votes among all candidates.He also said that the entire recall election may take several months.

If the recall procedure starts this time, it will be the fifth time in the history of the United States that a recall election has entered the procedure.The previous four were: North Dakota in 1921, Arizona in 1988 (the recall election was cancelled after the governor was impeached), California in 2003, and Wisconsin in 2012.

Currently, only two governors have been removed in American history.In 2003, California dismissed the Democratic Governor Gray Davis and elected the Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1921, the state of North Dakota dismissed Governor Lynn Frazier through a recall election.

 

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