California Secretary of State Leaves Trump on Ballot After Calls to Remove Him

California Secretary of State Leaves Trump on Ballot After Calls to Remove Him

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Decision comes on heels of Maine’s Secretary of State ruling that President Trump cannot appear on the primary ballot in that state.

California’s Secretary of State has kept former President Donald Trump on the ballot in the 2024 presidential primary despite multiple states opting to remove his candidacy.

Secretary of State Shirley Weber, a Democrat, certified the list of candidates on Dec. 28.

The Presidential Primary Election ballot is scheduled to take place on March 5, 2024.

Ms. Weber’s decision comes despite calls from the state’s lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis, to remove President Trump from the ballot.

In a letter sent to California’s Secretary of State on Dec. 20, Ms. Kounalakis urged Ms. Weber to explore any and all legal options to ensure voters in the state would not be able to cast a ballot for President Trump.

The letter cited his alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.

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Ms. Kounalakis accused President Trump of insurrection during the Jan. 6 events, concluding that this disqualifies him from standing for presidential election under section three of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Her letter noted the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision on Dec. 19 that President Trump was not eligible to run for president after determining that the Republican had engaged in insurrection during the breach of the U.S. Capitol.

The Colorado Supreme Court is composed entirely of Democrat appointees.

“This decision is about honoring the rule of law in our country and protecting the fundamental pillars of our democracy,” Ms. Kounalakis wrote.

“California must stand on the right side of history. California is obligated to determine if Trump is ineligible for the California ballot,” she continued, adding that the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision should serve as a basis for a “similar decision” in the Golden State.

The Colorado Republican Party has appealed the Colorado Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling regarding President Trump with the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court is expected to be the final decider on the matter.

‘Inevitable Political Punditry’

Ms. Kounalakis stated that there would be “inevitable political punditry” regarding a decision to remove President Trump—who has maintained a significant lead in 2024 GOP presidential polls—from the ballot.

However, she stressed that the issue was “not a matter of political gamesmanship.”

“This is a dire matter that puts at stake the sanctity of our constitution and our democracy,” she concluded.

The decision by Ms. Weber came just hours after Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, whose office oversees elections in the state, ruled that President Trump cannot appear on the primary ballot in the state, citing the “insurrection clause” of the 14th Amendment, to the U.S. Constitution.

This is a developing story.

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