State won’t ban po­lit­i­cal party names that are ‘mis­lead­ing’

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

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.

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