After determining that he had complied with the state’s legal requirements, a California judge ruled Wednesday that conservative talk radio host Larry Elder be reinstated to the ballot in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl found in favor of the nationally syndicated radio host just hours before California Secretary of State Shirley Weber was scheduled to finalize the list of certified candidates to be on the ballot for the Sept. 14 recall election.
Earl agreed with Elder in her ruling that Weber erroneously excluded him from the list of candidates because he redacted personal information on his required financial disclosure documents.
In the suit, the radio host argued that the disclosure rules do not apply to recall elections but rather only to primary election ballots, and the judge concurred.
“I don’t find that the recall election is a direct primary election ballot,” Earl ruled. “I don’t find that Mr. Elder was required to file tax returns at all.”
“This isn’t just a victory for me, but a victory for the people of California,” Elder said in a tweet. “And not just those who favor the recall and support me, but all voters, including many who will come to know me. I am thankful for a fair judge.”
Elder was one of the last candidates to enter the race, announcing his candidacy only last week. He is one of 42 candidates on the recall ballot, which was prompted by residents who opposed Newsom’s lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign began in February of last year with a petition calling on Newsom to resign because of his implementation of laws that are “detrimental to the citizens of this state and our way of life.”
The recall election, according to Newsom, is a Republican-led effort by those who oppose immigration and immigrants, and it “threatens our values” while attempting to undo the state’s fight against the pandemic.