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California says tax return law doesn’t bar ballot access

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s attorney general says a state law requiring presidential candidates release their tax returns doesn’t bar anyone from accessing the ballot or deprive voters of their rights.

The state filed an opposition brief Thursday to lawsuits by the Trump campaign and others seeking to block the law. The bill signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is aimed at prying loose President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Opponents want a judge to halt the law from taking effect. A hearing is set for Sept. 19.

The lawsuits argue California’s law violates the U.S. Constitution by adding an additional requirement to run for president and depriving voters of the right to associate with certain candidates.

The state says the law doesn’t bar ballot access because all candidates are capable of complying.

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