The Senate Democrats in New Jersey apparently think they have a clever way of keeping President Trump off the 2020 presidential ballot, potentially harming his chances in securing a second term in the Oval Office.
According to NJ.com, the Democrat-controlled state Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would require U.S. presidential candidates to release all their tax returns from the past five years in order to qualify to be listed on the presidential ballot.
While voters could still write Trump’s name in, the bill would also disallow electoral college representatives from casting an electoral vote for Trump, thus dooming any chance of victory in the state.
The bill heads to the state Assembly next. If it passes there, it will be up to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy to sign it or not.
The Hill pointed out on Friday that a similar measure was introduced in California back in 2017. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown (D) actually mocked it.
“Today we require tax returns, but what would be next?” the liberal governor pointed out. “Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?”
Supporters of the New Jersey proposal are arguing that it’s allowed by the Constitution. While New Jersey gave Hillary Clinton 55% of the votes compared to Trump’s 41% in 2016, it’s anticipated that the state will again vote for a Democratic president in 2020. Supporters of the bill believe the key, though, is to encourage other states to enact similar legislation.
But Republican New Jersey state senator Joe Pennacchio pointed out, “What’s good for the goose is what’s good for the gander. If this really is about making sure voters are well-informed, then common sense dictates that [the bill] should apply to all of us.”
Other critics chimed in, too: