Skip to comments.Blue states move to keep Trump off 2020 ballot over tax returns
Posted on 04/30/2019 5:08:50 PM PDT by jazusamo
Democrats have redoubled their efforts to force President Trump to release his federal tax returns by threatening to keep him off the 2020 ballot in deep-blue states, to which he might say: So what?
Seventeen states have seen bills introduced this year that would require presidential candidates to turn over their tax returns as a condition for ballot access, and such measures have cleared one legislative chamber in at least four states.
For the Trump campaign, however, there may be worse fates than being left off the ballot in liberal enclaves like California, Hawaii and Illinois, where the mandatory tax-return bills are making headway, given that no Republican presidential contender is likely to prevail there.
In theory, he [Trump] could really push this, and he could be disqualified from the state ballots, and it wouldnt necessarily affect the Electoral College vote at all, said University of Denver political science professor Seth Masket. Because those were states he wasnt going to win anyway.
Josh Blackman, associate professor at the South Texas College of Law, said the bills are inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent.
As a general matter, states cannot impose additional requirements for federal officers, Mr. Blackman said. For example, states cannot impose term limits on members of Congress. Or require that the President be 40 years old, instead of 35, as the Constitution requires.
The only way to mandate tax returns would be through a constitutional amendment to Article II, requiring ratification of three-fourths of the states, said Jenna Ellis, a fellow in constitutional law at the Centennial Institute.
Neither Congress nor the state legislature can unilaterally add a requirement and bind the Electoral College, said Ms. Ellis, a member of the Trump 2020 advisory board.
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the states control their state ballots but cannot keep candidates for federal offices off, and they know it
Besides stated law and statutes, there’s no reason why these shouldn’t hold up
I would be very interested in Nancy and Dianne’s tax returns.
It’s important for the down-ticket races.
Declare marshall law.
That’s the way I see it too.
There is nothing about tax returns in the Constitution being a requirement to become president.
If the blue states want to change that in order to keep President Trump from being on the ballot, I have an idea:
The red states should warn that the dem candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot unless:
HE OR SHE HAS A BACKGROUND IN BUSINESS.
It has been proven that a private industry business experience makes a far better Leader.
Let the blue states take the red states to court.
And they accuse republicans and Russians for disenfranchisement.
This is just setting the U.S. up for civil war.
Why not keep him off because of his hair?
Until any state actually prints the final ballots missing Trump, there is no standing in a legal suit. Before the ink is dry the AG will file a law suit directly to SCOTUS because of the time constraints.
Roll out the tanks!
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I have a better idea. Require the Republican candidate be on all 52 state ballots or the Democrat candidate will not be recognized.
This is important in those states that now award electoral votes on the basis of the popular vote.
Trump should immediately demand that all of his congressional detractors reveal all of their tax returns and total financial records for the last 10 years............
I saw something about this on the news earlier today and it showed Arizona as a blue state and one of those wanting to keep Trump off the ballot.
We are purple, NOT YET blue and this is the first I have heard/seen about this.
They’re really afraid Trump will turn their states Red ,LOL
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