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Bedrock, USA: Getting a Recall on the Ballot

Episode 3 of the podcast shows how right-wing activists in California got a ballot measure to recall one of Shasta County’s Republican supervisors.

Leonard Moty, a Republican county supervisor in Shasta, California, was targeted by a far-right recall campaign bankrolled by an out-of-state donor.

Leonard Moty, a Republican county supervisor in Shasta, California, was targeted by a far-right recall campaign bankrolled by an out-of-state donor.

Photographer: Max Whittaker for Bloomberg

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By March 2021, the campaign to recall three Republican county supervisors was underway in Shasta County, California. But the far-right activists leading the effort quickly learned that this was no easy feat. Putting a recall on ballots required going door-to-door to collect signatures from thousands of households.