Sapp, David

David Sapp is a staff attorney with ACLU of Southern California.

ACLU/SC Sues California Secretary of State For Excluding Minor Political Parties From November Presidential Election Ballot

By David Sapp
ACLU of Southern California

Yesterday, the ACLU of Southern California filed suit against California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on behalf of the Justice Party and the Constitution Party of California, which seek to have their nominees for President and Vice President included on November’s presidential election ballot, and individual voters who support the groups.  The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Political groups cannot place their candidates on California’s ballot unless they are formally recognized by the State as political parties.  Yet the deadline for qualifying as a recognized political party is more than 10 months before the Presidential election.  Since California first enacted the early party-qualification deadline in 1953, only seven new political parties have met the qualification standards, and only one new party has done so since 1995.