Larry Elder was forced to issue a court challenge against California Secretary of State Shirley Weber after she refused to place him on a list of candidates for the September 14 election to recall incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.
Elder was previously not allowed on the ballot for having incomplete tax returns, something he aggressively denied.
Regardless of how Elder’s tax returns turned out, it could be argued that the law requiring candidates to submit their tax returns didn’t apply to the recall election anyway.
It doesn’t matter though, because Elder won his legal appeal against Shirley Weber and the rest of California.
Long story short, Larry Elder did what he had to do, and he’s no longer blocked as a candidate for the upcoming recall election.
Here’s Judge Laurie Earl’s ruling on the matter:
“I don’t find that the recall election is a direct primary election ballot … By reaching that finding, I don’t find that Mr. Elder was required to file tax returns at all … I would grant the petition, and issue a peremptory and writ of mandate, directing the respondent, and all persons under her control, to file Mr. Elder’s nomination documents … qualifying him as a candidate and place his name and ballot designation on the ballot, and any sample ballot and voter pamphlet for a candidate for Governor of the State of California in the September 14th recall election.”
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