Efforts to take away former president Donald Trump from the poll over his function within the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol have kicked into excessive gear, with state Supreme Court docket choices in Maine and Colorado barring him from their main ballots.
The authorized challenges to Trump’s poll eligibility are based mostly on a Civil Struggle-era riot clause within the Structure, Part 3 of the 14th Modification, which disqualifies authorities officers who “engaged in riot or rebel” from holding workplace.
Particularly, the supply states that anybody who served as “an officer of america,” took an oath to help the Structure, after which “engaged in riot or rebel” shall not maintain any authorities workplace.
Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows eliminated Trump from the state’s presidential main poll beneath the supply final week, changing into the primary elected official to take motion unilaterally.
“I don’t attain this conclusion evenly,” Bellows wrote in her resolution. “I’m conscious that no Secretary of State has ever disadvantaged a presidential candidate of poll entry based mostly on Part 3 of the Fourteenth Modification. I’m additionally conscious, nonetheless, that no presidential candidate has ever earlier than engaged in riot.”
The Trump marketing campaign stated it might attraction Bellows’ resolution, and Bellows has suspended the impact of her resolution till the Maine Superior Court docket guidelines on any attraction, or the time to attraction has expired.
Finally, it’s seemingly that the Supreme Court docket may have the ultimate say on whether or not Trump seems on the poll in Maine and in lots of different states, comparable to Colorado, the place the primary poll ineligibility ruling was declared.
On Dec. 19, the Colorado Supreme Court docket declared Trump ineligible for his bid for presidency beneath the riot clause and eliminated him from the state’s presidential main poll — the primary time in historical past that Part 3 of the 14th Modification has been used to disqualify a presidential candidate. The Colorado Republican Social gathering countered the ruling by submitting a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court docket to assessment the choice.
Simply over 30 states have filed lawsuits to bar Trump from the poll, however many have been dismissed; there are pending lawsuits in 13 states as of Jan. 2, in response to a database created by Lawfare, a non-profit multimedia publication overlaying authorized and coverage points.
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