Michael R. by blood The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder has filed a lawsuit challenging a decision by California election officials to bar him from running in the state’s September 14 recall election, saying he was “political” by the Sacramento Democrats. shenanigans” target.
The Republican elder said in a statement released late Monday that he filed all the necessary paperwork to qualify to run in the election, which could oust Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, including those required to be a candidate. Contains over 300 pages of tax returns. But the secretary of state’s office did not include Elder in a preliminary list of 41 candidates released late last week, saying he filed incomplete information on those returns involving redaction issues.
Elder’s campaign said they filed suit Monday seeking an order from the state Superior Court in Sacramento that requires Secretary of State Shirley Weber to be listed as a candidate on the final certified list of candidates, which will begin on Wednesday. is about to be issued.
“We have complied with everything the secretary of state said,” said Elder, a popular voice on the political right whose show is syndicated nationally. “Sacramento politicians know I’m the only candidate who can beat Gavin Newsom. They’re scared, and they’re using everything they can to try to implicate me. It won’t work.”
Elder, who is also a lawyer, said, “To be honest, this action of the Secretary of State is not only unfair and absurd but also a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent.”
Weber’s office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Tuesday.
The Elder is facing a narrow window of time to make changes in court. With less than two months left for the election, local election officials are already making arrangements for the printing of ballots. Mail-in ballots will be out next month.
Other Republicans who are eligible to run include former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulkner, reality TV personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, businesswoman John Cox, who was defeated by Newsom in 2018, and state legislator Kevin Kelly.
Elder’s campaign argued that under state law, Weber has the right, if not the duty, to “fix” any correctional errors for the public. At the same time, the campaign stated that Weber’s office had not informed Elder of its specific objections to the filing of her tax return, and that Weber was “effective in voter suppression by denying voters the ability to choose Elder on the ballot.” was intimately attached.”
The campaign also said that Weber’s decision violated the equal protection clause of the California Constitution because Newsom was not to comply with uniform tax return disclosure.
“I am fighting a legal battle to run as the candidate for Californians who are tired of Sacramento’s favoritism and vested interests. I fully expect to be on the final certified list of candidates,” Elder said in a statement. said in the statement.
Voters will be sent a ballot with two questions: whether Newsom should be recalled, and who should replace him. If more than half the voters say “yes” to the first question, the person with the most votes on the list of possible replacements is the new governor of the country’s most populous state. With multiple candidates and no clear front-runner, it is possible that someone could win with less than 25% of the vote.
The pressure to oust Newsom is largely rooted in frustration with the long-running school and business closures during the pandemic, which have turned the daily lives of millions of Californians upside down.