First, the California Secretary of State issued an opinion (litigation pending) that Alan Keyes, not Chuck Baldwin, would be on the AIP ballot line this year.
And now, more bad news from the Golden State for the CP in case it does wrestle back control of the AIP from Keyes: Ballot Access News reports
California has a new format for its voter registration form, for the â€œpolitical partyâ€ choice. The form asks â€œDo you want to register with a political party?â€. The â€œYesâ€ block is on the left; the â€œNoâ€ block is on the right.
Under the â€œYesâ€ block, the form lists the ballot-qualified parties in alphabetical order, with a checkbox next to the name of each. Of course there is also a blank line for someone who wants to register into a party that is not ballot-qualified.
The new form is designed to deal with the problem that some people wish to register â€œIndependentâ€, but the legislature forbids the Secretary of State from listing that choice on the form. This has caused some people to register into the American Independent Party because they have thought that is the proper way to show oneself as an independent.