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THE RECALL CAMPAIGN | RECALL Q&A

August 19, 2003

Can a candidate withdraw his or her name from the printed ballot, now that the list has been drawn up?

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No. Because the recall election is happening on such a tight time frame, all 135 candidates will appear on the ballot, whether or not they decide to bow out of the campaign.

By law, candidates who have qualified for a ballot have until 60 days before an election to withdraw their names. But in this recall election, the final list of candidates wasn't certified until Wednesday -- only 55 days before the vote.

County elections officials have already submitted ballot orders to printers. At least one county -- San Diego -- expects its first shipment of absentee ballots to arrive in the next day or two so they can be sent to voters who are abroad or in the military.

Allison Hoffman

Submit questions on the recall process to "Recall Q&A" at metrodesk@latimes.com.

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