The effort to recall Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom reached the requisite number of signatures to land on the ballot later this year, according to a Monday announcement from the California secretary of state’s office. California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber said that the threshold of verified signatures reported by counties — set at 1,495,709 — had been met. According to the latest update, 1,626,042 signatures have been submitted and verified, as Fox News reported. “This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition,” Weber said in a statement. “A recall election will be held unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.” Newsom’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been met with intense backlash, especially after photos emerged last year showing him dining maskless indoors with friends at The French Laundry, an expensive Napa Valley restaurant that charges $1,200 per person for a one-of-a-kind multi-course dinner.