Judge orders change to secretary of state ballot

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Updated: 3/27/2014 11:16 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats have stopped a former Republican strategist running for secretary of state from appearing on ballots as a political reform advocate.

A Sacramento judge ordered Thursday that ballot materials call Dan Schnur a political involvement educator instead. Schnur is campaigning as an independent for the office overseeing elections and voter registration.

California Democratic Party Vice-Chairman Eric Bauman says the original description was misleading and separated Schnur from his history as a "career" GOP spokesman. Schnur has worked for Gov. Pete Wilson and on John McCain's 2000 run for president.

Schnur is a University of Southern California professor of politics and previously chaired the state's elections commission.

Schnur says the judge's new description is equally accurate and reinforces his citizen involvement platform. He calls the challenge a "political party lawsuit."

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