Newsom will not be listed as Democrat on recall ballot after missing registration deadline

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will not be listed as a Democrat on a recall ballot slated for September after he failed to meet a deadline to register his party affiliation, a judge ruled Monday.

Newsom’s claim that his lawyer made an error in 2020 was insufficient to overturn a verdict made by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, Sacramento Superior Court Judge James Arguelles decided.

Newsom sued Weber, whom he appointed, in June after she made the initial determination that his party would not appear on a bid to oust him from office due to oversight from his attorney during his office’s response to the recall challenge in 2020.

In February 2020, Newsom responded to the filing, meeting a seven-day window to do so, though he did not include his party preference. Thomas Willis, the governor’s attorney, took the blame for the mistake and told authorities he was unaware of a law, which took effect two months prior to the governor’s office’s response, that stipulated he denote party affiliation.

Newsom signed the rule change in 2019 after recall subjects were previously forbidden from indicating Republican or Democrat on the ballot.


“No one is above the law, and this ruling makes clear, that includes Gavin Newsom,” said Eric Early, one of the lawyers behind the recall effort, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis announced on July 1 that voters can decide whether or not to oust Newsom on Sept. 14 after state authorities made the determination that recall organizers obtained enough valid signatures.

California residents withdrew only 43 signatures in the allotted 30-day period from April 26 to June 8, leaving 1,719,900 verified signers, Weber said a week prior, above the roughly 1.5 million required to proceed with a bid to remove a governor from office.

The Department of Finance was set to “estimate the costs of the gubernatorial recall” and send the projections to Newsom, the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state, and the chairwoman of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by Aug. 5. Once the committee had 30 days to review and comment, the secretary of state will “then certify the sufficiency of signatures pursuant to statute.”

The recall campaign began in June 2020 in response to Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

There was prior interest over high taxes and crime concerns, said Anne Dunsmore, campaign manager for Rescue California-Recall Gavin Newsom.

“Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens,” leaders behind the recall petition said in specifying their grievances with the governor. “People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes, and restricting parental rights.”


If Newsom prevails in the recall effort, he will be up for reelection in 2022.

Newsom’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.

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