[Ed. – Elder didn’t redact enough personal info from the copies he submitted of his tax returns. That’s it. That’s the “reason.” Note that the Franchise Tax Board of the State of California already has his tax records; submitting copies is for the purpose of making them available to voters. Which is a requirement dating all the way back to…the aftermath of 2016, when California Democrats wanted to levy the requirement on Donald Trump. I’m feeling super-virtuous because I’ve never demanded to see any candidate’s tax records.]
The conservative pundit’s name was kept off an initial candidate list reportedly over redaction issues with his tax returns.
“The Secretary of State is either saying that we did not redact sufficient info on my returns, or we redacted info that should not have been redacted,” he said. “The Secretary of State could have made the supposedly required redaction(s), but elected not to. We’re trying to ascertain the details.”
He argued that even if there are some redaction issues, that should not be disqualifying. Indeed, according to Elder’s lawyers, it never has been a problem a candidate has been disqualified over in the past.