Newsom’s party affiliation cannot be on recall ballot, judge rules

California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Gov. Gavin Newsom will not be allowed to have his Democratic Party preference printed on the recall ballot, a judge decided Monday.

The judge’s decision comes after attorneys representing Newsom and Secretary of State Shirley Weber faced off in court Friday for about an hour. Newsom then requested the Sacramento County judge make a decision on the issue in writing Monday.

The governor’s attorneys tried to convince the judge to order Weber to allow the governor to have his Democratic Party preference printed near his name on the upcoming recall election ballot. 

Weber refused, noting he missed a deadline and she’s following the law, which prompted the governor to file a lawsuit. 

Gov. Newsom was required to include his party preference in his reply to the recall petition in February of 2020. One of his lawyers who handled the paperwork admitted to the judge Friday he screwed up. 

On Monday, the judge noted circumstances Newsom’s legal team laid out in its arguments do not excuse his noncompliance with the law.

“The court is not persuaded,” he wrote.

The special election date is set for Sept. 14.

FOX40 is awaiting comment from Newsom’s campaign regarding the decision and what next steps they may decide to take.

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