California Supreme Court Watch

Sep 09, 2019
#19-120 Patterson v. Padilla, S257302.

#19-120 Patterson v. Padilla, S257302. Original proceeding. The court issued an order to show cause regarding the requirement in Elections Code sections 6883 and 6884 that candidates for a party’s nomination to be the President of the United States disclose their tax returns in order to be listed on the ballot for the primary election. In addition to addressing issues relating to what relief, if any, the court should order, the parties were directed to address: (1) the legislative history of Proposition 4 (Ballot Pamp., Primary Elec. (June 6, 1972), analysis of Prop. 4 by Legis. Counsel, pp. 9-10; id., arguments in favor of, and opposing, pp. 10-11; Sen. Const. Amend. No. 3, Stats. 1971 (1971 1st Ex. Sess.) res. ch. 274, p. 4868), as well as related legislation contemporaneous to SCA 3, and prior related legislation; and (2) any guidelines, including internal measures and protocols, that the Secretary of State has employed in the intervening decades to assess who is a “recognized” candidate for purposes of California Constitution, article II, section 5.

Review granted: 08/21/2019

(Original proceeding, no lower court opinion)