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You can’t judge the recall this way: Governor and challengers can run again

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Here’s more information on the recall vote on Jerry Brown and three other statewide officeholders.

To vote for Brown, click here . For the other office holders, click here .

CNN and the Los Angeles Times are teaming up for the first time to deliver live results from the California recall election.

CNN will deliver results of the first ballot count at 6:00 p.m. ET , and then the second one at 7:00 p.m. ET . (Although many people in California already are able to vote, the election law does not require those who have already voted to cast another ballot.) The results will also appear on, CNN affiliate stations and on mobile devices.

Also, in the latest developments, CNN has been given a briefing by the California Secretary of State (Secretary of State John Chiang) in Sacramento. Here’s a link to an interview that we did with Secretary Chiang. (Click here to read this report from CNN’s senior political reporter, Chris Cillizza.)

A California Supreme Court ruling opened the door for these recalled high-profile officials to run for office again. (CNN’s Candice Choi has the story.)

Former California Gov. Gray Davis, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell have a short window to appeal the recall election to the California Supreme Court.

Opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown have until today at 5 p.m. ET to file a petition to get a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would stop California politicians from being recalled. The amendment would take effect immediately upon passage.

Lawmakers would be allowed to be recalled only for an unforgivable, serious misconduct like sexual assault, fraud or racketeering.

The recall forces came up short of getting enough signatures needed for a ballot issue last month, but got the signatures they needed to qualify for recall.

Watch live election results here, from CNN:

6:00 p.m. ET

The California Secretary of State just released unofficial totals for precincts in the state. As you can see, the governor’s office has been the most targeted by recall voters. The three other seats — against which the recall is being considered — also receive much of the attention.

The biggest losers, no doubt, are California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Secretary of State John Chiang. Both Democrats.

Counting is expected to go into Tuesday, but state officials could wait until Wednesday to certify the results.

They’ll put one ballot per person in the polls. Voters fill out their choices and bring their completed ballots home.

Last month, CNN learned that the recall petition authors have come up with several new ways to get as many signatures as possible. It looks like they’ll take advantage of the fact that the state doesn’t enforce exact vote counts in its precincts. They will count signatures once and for all, which allows the recall’s tally to still rise.

Use our PDF feature to enter your name and address and see how your ballot will be handled.

You can also check out what these gubernatorial candidates look like in political parlance.

With all this political gymnastics, and all the different types of ballots, you can be sure that state officials are keeping a close eye on electoral fraud.

If you see evidence of stuffing ballot boxes or a ballot being marked incorrectly, state officials want you to report it to the secretary of state’s office.

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