Conservative radio show host Larry Elder to be on recall ballot in California

There are now 43 recall candidates in California, after a judge ruled on Wednesday that conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder can be put on the ballot.

Voters will decide on September 14 whether Governor Gavin Newsom (R) should remain in office or be replaced by one of the recall candidates. On his show last week, Elder announced he would run for governor and, by the Friday deadline, submitted his documents and five years of tax returns. The Secretary of State’s office released a list of candidates on Saturday night, and Elder was not one of them; the office later told its campaign that Elder’s tax returns were either incomplete or poorly submitted, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Under a 2019 law, anyone running for state office in California must file their tax return in order to be entered in the primary ballot, and Elder sued the secretary of state, saying that shouldn’t not be a requirement for a recall election. Judge Laurie M. Earl ruled in his favor on Wednesday, saying: “I do not find at all that Mr. Elder was required to file income tax returns.”

Another candidate, Kevin Faulconer, was not so lucky. The secretary of state’s office said he could not be listed on official election documents as “retired mayor of San Diego” because he now works at Pepperdine University as a guest speaker and business consultant. The secretary of state’s office said Faulconer should be listed as a “businessman / educator” and the California Democratic Party said it was misleading for Faulconer to be called a “retiree” because he is still working.

Judge Shellyanne Chang agreed, and Faulconer will not be described on the documents as “retired mayor of San Diego.” His campaign said voters have “the right to transparent and accurate information about Mayor Faulconer’s case” and that “the decision defies common sense.”

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