REPEAL CALIFORNIA'S VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL

REPEAL CALIFORNIA'S VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL

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REPEAL:  California's Voter Suppression Bill 
     California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Tuesday that would bar President Donald Trump's name from appearing on the state's 2020 election ballot unless he discloses his tax returns. Newsom "justified" the bill, arguing, "These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence."

     So, the party that loudly opposes any form of voter ID laws out of faux concern for potential voter suppression has now put forth one of the most draconian pieces of voter-suppression legislation since the days of Jim Crow. Even former Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown wouldn't dare go this far, as he vetoed a similar measure over concerns that it was unconstitutional.

     However, in this era of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Democrat concern for constitutionality is no longer even feigned. But they would have done well to listen to Brown, who argued, "It sets a 'slippery slope' precedent. Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power? A qualified candidate's ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system. For that reason, I hesitate to start down a road that well might lead to an ever escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential candidates."

     Brown's argument is a cogent one. What stops Texas, Georgia, or Florida from coming up with their own laws clearly aimed at suppressing the ability of a Democrat presidential candidate from getting his or her name on the ballot?

      With this latest law, California Democrats hope that barring Trump's name from the ballot will increase the disparity between the national popular-vote totals and the electoral-vote tally should Trump once again win the 2020 election via winning the Electoral College. Should this occur, and assuming fewer Trump voters would write his name in, they will then have more fodder against the Electoral College by pointing to an even bigger popular-vote disparity.

     Clearly, however, this law is ripe for legal action. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh stated, "The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own. The bill also violates the 1st Amendment right of association since California can't tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election." It would seem the one-party oligarchs in California disagree.

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