The typical election cycle for a statewide election in California is 168 days. That’s the time when candidates take out and complete the filing of papers with the secretary of state, raise and spend the bulk of their campaign funds, and present their cases to the voters. During the same period, the secretary of state prepares the various ballot descriptions and county registrars organize their precinct operations. Most people don’t pay attention to these minutiae, but it’s a busy time for all involved. So, imagine how state and local officials must have felt when they learned that they would have less than half the usual time to prepare for the recall election. They were not happy campers; they also had no choice.