Larry Elder WILL be on California recall election ballot as judge rejects Dem bid to have him barred over tax returns

CALIFORNIANS can vote for Larry Elder as their next governor after a judge sided with the conservative radio host in a lawsuit against the Democrat Secretary of State trying to bar him for not providing full tax returns.

“I don’t find that Mr. Elder was required to file tax returns at all,” Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl said.

The judge's decision put to rest a Democratic attempt to force all recall election candidates to disclose five years worth of tax returns and it agreed with the radio legend's claim that he complied with the ballot requirements.

The gubernatorial hopeful praised Judge Earl's decision. 

“I won my court case,” Elder said in a short video he posted on his Twitter feed. “I will be included in the recall election of Gavin Newsom, adding he “substantially complied” with the election requirements.

“Victory,” he tweeted shortly afterward.

“My next one will be on Sept. 14 at the ballot box,” referring to the election date. 


The historic recall effort is expected to command a $276 million tab for both state and county election officials to administer, according to CapRadio.

Elder had filed a lawsuit against California Secretary of State Shirley Weber after he was initially sidelined from the recall election to challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom for the Golden State’s gubernatorial perch.

The green light brings the total recall candidates to 43 to unseat Newsom, Politico reported. 

They also include reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, who put her campaign on pause to film Celebrity Big Brother in Australia, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer – also suing Weber's office for rejecting his desired title of "retired San Diego Mayor" and YouTube creator Kevin Paffrath, who was also claiming he’d sue to get his “Meet Kevin” handle on the ballot.


Elder accused Democrats of attempting to block him from running for office using the same disqualifying tactic they tried to torpedo Donald Trump’s incumbent run ahead of the 2020 presidential election. 

"The idea was to force Donald Trump to hand over his tax returns if he wanted to qualify for the 2020 presidential ballot,” he told Fox News.

"This was before, of course, his tax returns were stolen and publicly disclosed. So, it was all designed to get Trump."

The host was one of eight other candidates seeking the Sacramento office who were also disqualified, at least in part due to the tax law.

In a letter sent to Elder on Sunday, Sec. Weber's office wrote that his tax filings were incomplete, meaning he would not appear on the ballot for the September 14 recall election.

"The Secretary of State is either saying that we did not redact sufficient info on my returns, or we redacted info that should not have been redacted. 

“We're trying to ascertain the details," Elder said.

The law was first signed by Gov. Newsom in 2019, and requires candidates to submit tax returns for the past five years and pay a filing fee of nearly $4,200.

"We've complied with everything the Secretary of State has required us to do," Elder tweeted on Monday.

“This election law didn’t even apply to recall elections,” Elder said in the victory video he posted on Wednesday.

“And even if it did – I substantially complied.”


Before the favorable news, Elder argued the effort was merely a ploy to prevent the one person who could actually unseat Newsom.

"The politicians in Sacramento know I'm the only candidate who can beat Gavin Newsom. They are afraid and using whatever shenanigans they can to try to rip me up. It won't work.

"Frankly, this action by the secretary of state is not simply unfair and absurd but a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent," he added.

The move to recall Newsom gained substantial traction during the state’s longstanding shutdown after the Covid-19 pandemic spread throughout the US. 

California's Secretary of State confirmed 1.6million verified signatures from registered California voters by March 17 backed the recall of the Democratic leader.

“Governor Newsom failed at his job and destroyed the lives and businesses of too many hardworking Californians,” the campaign’s website reads.

“Thanks to over 2million California citizens our recall petition…it’s finally happening.

Organizers actually submitted more than 2.1 million signatures, but over 400,000 were ruled to be invalid.


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