California Democrats also want Trump off their ballot

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California Democrats also want Trump off their ballot

Elections 2024, California politics

Noa Bierman

Dec. 20, 2023

California Democrats are hopeful




The decision to disqualify former President Trump from the Colorado primary will intensify their efforts to keep him out of California’s Republican primary as a key deadline

for access to ballots in the state

approaching next week.

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, a Democrat running for governor in 2026, sent a letter to California Secretary of State Shirley Webe on Wednesday.

r, which oversees elections in the state

urging her to “explore every legal option” to remove Trump from the March 5 election


voted for his role in the January 6 uprising.

“This decision is about honoring the rule of law in our country and protecting the fundamental pillars of democracy,” she wrote, citing the Colorado Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to bar Trump from voting in that state.

The court immediately suspended its decision, expecting the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. If the Supreme Court in Washington, DC agrees to hear the case, it will

s pronunciation

would probably have an influence

primaries and general elections

voting rounds across the country

in the primaries and general elections

according to election law experts.

But with state primaries approaching, the ballot creation process is moving quickly.

Weber published a preliminary list of likely candidates on December 1, including Trump. A certified list of candidates will be sent to county election officials on Dec. 8. 28 so they can start printing ballots. although


ballots can be changed later,

changing it becomes more difficult and expensive and it becomes more and more challenging

as the election date approaches.

We are reviewing the case to assess its impact, said Joe Kocurek, the deputy secretary of state for communications.

Weber’s office has been sued four times over Trump’s right to access ballots.

Plaintiffs in two of these cases have indicated their intention to drop them; one was recently filed and a judge dismissed Weber. In a fourth, Weber was removed from her position as a defendant, Weber’s office said.

Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Silicon Valley,

leads has been generated

a group of nine lawmakers who sent a letter asking the question in September

to ask

Democratic State Atty. General Rob Bonta will remove Trump from the ballot in an attempt to force the courts to decide.

“There is now greater justification for seeking the court’s opinion

to provide clarity about this

,” Low said on Wednesday.

Bonta did not respond to the group’s letter or the delay in obtaining clarity from the court


just increase

to sing

the risk of disrupting the election, Low said.

No one is above the law, and the courts must uphold the Constitution. period of time. Full stop, he said.

Campaign representatives for Trump, who leads the Republican primaries by a wide margin, did not respond to requests for comment. Neither does Bonta’s office.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung previously accused Joe Biden, Democrats and Never Trumpers of stretching the law “beyond recognition” because they fear that polls show Trump would win an election against Biden.

Election law experts doubt the Supreme Court will uphold the Colorado case, largely because


judges want


I don’t want to be seen as taking away voters’ choices. But the case is likely to increase pressure on the Supreme Court and on state courts to take a position.

Any successful ballot challenge in California would also likely reach the Supreme Court. The Colorado ruling The fact that a state Supreme Court essentially kept him from voting

“will influence the stance of other state supreme courts, said Ben Ginsberg, who represented George W. Bush

the 2000 Florida recount case

which landed Bush in the White House.

But because each state has different rules for primaries, Colorado’s exact reason for disqualifying Trump won’t necessarily apply in other states, Ginsberg said. He believes it is more important that the court decide before November whether Trump is eligible to contest the general election so that it does not become an issue in certifying the final results.

We need an answer sooner rather than later,” agreed Jessica Levinson, an election law professor at Loyola Law School. “This is a legal question with enormous political impact, and I think people need to know what the law allows and provides.

A possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Colorado would have the biggest impact on other states if the court were to rule

about the central issue

or Trump could be disqualified based on the Constitution’s insurrection clause rather than procedural grounds, she said.

State officials elsewhere may be waiting to see the outcome before acting. A ruling in Trump’s favor would give them less reason to take action. A ruling upholding Colorado’s decision of ineligibility would open the door for other states to follow suit.

That will be open season for other states to say, ‘We also think the former president is ineligible.’”

she said. “It doesn’t mean what Colorado is doing is binding, but it is extremely compelling.


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