Over A Dozen States Close To Removing Trump From 2020 Election Ballots
In 2016, President Donald Trump promised, then refused, to make public copies of his tax returns, citing an IRS audit as the reason he couldn’t do so.
Despite the IRS pointing out that such audits aren’t prohibitive of presidents from releasing their returns, Trump repeated the claim earlier this year, implying he won’t release his returns for the 2020 election either, per reporting from CNN.
“If I’m not under audit, I would do it, I have no problem with it, but while I’m under audit, I would not give my taxes,” Trump said.
As it turns out, Trump may be required to release his tax returns in his re-election campaign, in spite of his reticence to do so.
Almost 20 states have attempted to pass legislation that would require every presidential and vice presidential candidate to make public their tax returns, according to reporting from Salon. Six of those states have rejected those measures, but in 14 states the matter is still pending.
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If a candidate failed to provide those returns to the public, they would be prohibited from having their names appear on the ballot in those particular states, if the measures do indeed become laws. The states that are considering the requirement represent more than 200 Electoral College votes. Three states — North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona — were won by Trump in 2016.
Candidates for president are not required to release their tax returns to the public, and the matter would undoubtedly head to the courts if a substantial number of states tried to stop Trump from appearing on their ballots.
However, a certain expectation for presidents to do so does exist. Every major presidential candidate for the past four decades, save for Gerald Ford, has produced tax records for the public to ponder over and determine if the candidates’ economic interests posed a conflict of interest for them should they serve in office, PolitiFact reported.
It’s a matter that still concerns the public, too. Per a Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this month, 51 percent say they support efforts to require Trump to disclose his records, while only 36 percent oppose such moves.