State GOP Challenges Trump Ruling, Takes Case to Supreme Court

State GOP Challenges Trump Ruling, Takes Case to Supreme Court

( – Former President Donald Trump faces a number of legal challenges heading into the 2024 presidential election, but none of them pose as direct and immediate threat to his candidacy as restrictions on his ballot access. On December 19, the Colorado Supreme Court barred Trump from the Republican primary ballot. However, the state’s Republican Party branch successfully challenged the decision and restored his ballot access, leaving the case in the hands of the US Supreme Court.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Trump ineligible to appear on the state’s presidential primary ballot due to his connection to the breach of the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The court cited Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits officials who engaged in insurrection from holding public office.

However, the Colorado Republican Party appealed the ruling, restoring Trump’s ballot access unless the US Supreme Court makes a decision otherwise. The state has until January 5 to certify the names and party affiliations on the primary ballot; the Supreme Court has a conference day scheduled on January 5 as well.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement on the appeal that Trump will appear on the primary ballot unless the Supreme Court declines to take the case or affirms the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision by the January 5 certification deadline. Griswold urged the Supreme Court to “act quickly,” given the tight schedule. The Colorado 2024 presidential primary election is scheduled for March 5, but the state must send ballots to military and overseas voters by January 20, the statement said.

On December 28, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows followed the Colorado Supreme Court’s Fourteenth Amendment argument and banned Trump from the state’s primary ballot, pending an appeal by Trump’s legal team.

Bellows said that she did not reach her decision lightly, noting that no presidential candidate has ever been denied ballot access based on the constitutional provision. However, Bellows expressed her personal belief that Trump engaged in insurrection.

Legal barriers to Trump’s return to the White House continue to pile up in the months ahead of the 2024 presidential election, but the former president has shown a willingness to battle it out in court, even while on the campaign trail.

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