State won’t ban political party names that are ‘misleading’
A SACRAMENTO staunchly conservative (AP) — political party in deep-blue California will get to keep its name after the governor vetoed a bill aimed at banning what lawmakers say are misleading monikers.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he had vetoed a bill that would have banned political parties from using “no party preference,” state” or “independent” “decline in to their official names.
The bill would have applied to all political parties. But it was aimed at the American Independent Party, which has been an option for California voters since More 1968. California voters are registering with no party preference, now accounting for 28.3% of all registered voters. If “no party preference” were a political party, it would be the second largest in the state behind the Democrats.
Critics say the American Independent Party has benefited from this trend because voters are registering into its name believing as indepen- confuses they dents. The party makes up 2.59% of California’s registered voters, making it the third largest political party in the state after the Democratic Party at 43.1% and the Republican Party at 23.6%.
In a 2016 survey, the
Los Angeles Times found most did not know they had registered to vote with the party. But Newsom said he vetoed the bill because he worried it was unconstitutional.
“By requiring one existing political party to change its current name, this billten violation of the rights of guaranteed by the First ments to the U.S. Constitution,” Newsom wrote in his veto message.