The political party that nominated segregationist George Wallace for president in 1968 has successfully put Donald Trump on the California ballot, marking the first time in 80 years that a presidential candidate will appear twice when Golden State residents hit the polls on Nov. 8.

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, will also appear on the statewide ballot as the nominee of the far-right American Independent Party. AIP members nominated Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, at their convention last weekend in Sacramento, months after they failed to get him on the June 7 primary ballot.

"We are the demographic that Trump is appealing to," Markham Robinson, who serves as secretary of the American Independent Party of California, told the Los Angeles Times. "We are heeding the voice of our voters."

Trump's position on illegal immigration — an issue that nearly two-thirds of Californians view as a major problem — was a key reason AIP members voted to nominate him, Robinson said.

"Obviously, the man is not opposed to immigration, because he's imported workers," Robinson told the Times, referring to the widespread employment of foreign workers at Trump-owned companies and resorts.

"[Trump] is against dangerous immigration and unfair immigration," he claimed.

While 457,000 California voters are registered members of the AIP, fewer than 9,000 votes were cast for each of the party's seven presidential candidates that appeared on the June primary ballot. According to a Times survey released in April, 73 percent of registered AIP voters were completely unaware of their affiliation with the party. Many believed they were marking themselves as a nonpartisan independent voters at the time they registered with the AIP.

Trump's California state director told the Times that the candidate "did not seek the endorsement or nomination" of the AIP prior to their convention. Trump himself has not commented on the matter.