People are fixed on silly stuff like this and ignore the process itself has shifted under their feet. The bottom line for California is they're were going to vote no and the polls confirmed that with a 55% support for Newsom.One of my stupider acquaintances in CA stated, publicly, a couple of days ago that issued election envelopes (do they even have envelopes at in person polling) were being issued so that the poll counters (who are apparently all Democrats) can identify and throw away recall votes. They were - and I shit you not - encouraging each other on the thread to make sure that they put their ballots in 'upside down' so the poll counters wouldn't steal them.
There is simply no rational reason at all to cheat, except the fear that drives people to just be sure and crank up the harvesters to make sure and deliver that extra 5%.
In 2020, that extra 5% points made no difference to California, was probably much smaller in more reputable states like Virginia or Vermont (1-2%) and was substantially greater in those marginal states(5-8%).