Newsom sues California Secretary of State over his party affiliation appearing on ballot

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is suing California Secretary of State Shirley Weber over whether his Democratic party affiliation will appear on a recall election ballot.

The lawsuit filed Monday aims ” … to require all recall ballots to include either next to or below NEWSOM’s name his party preference as follows: ‘Party Preference: Democratic.'”

According to the lawsuit, Newsom was informed of his office being the subject of recall on February 28, 2020.

Due to election code rules that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, Newsom had the opportunity to give his party preference on the ballot.

But his elections attorney failed to include his party preference when filing his answer to the recall notice. 

Newsom tried to file his party preference election on June 19, 2021, but Weber declined, according to the lawsuit. 

Newsom’s suit states the inclusion of his political party will “ensure that voters are able to make a more informed choice when deciding how to vote in the upcoming recall election.”

FOX40 has reached out to both the Governor’s Office and Secretary of State office but has yet to hear a response.

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