Trump Appeals Colorado Ballot Disqualification to Supreme Court

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Jaime T. Halscott

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Donald Trump has taken his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to overturn a Colorado court’s decision that excluded him from the state’s Republican primary ballot. His campaign has labeled the disqualification as an “unAmerican, unconstitutional act of election interference.” The ongoing case, titled Donald J. Trump v. Norma Anderson, et al., Docket # 23-719, is currently awaiting Supreme Court review.

You can read the petition HERE:

Donald J. Trump v. Norma Anderson, et al., Docket # 23-719 – Petition for Writ of Certiorari

In the filed petition, Trump’s legal team argued that preventing him from being on the ballot would be an unprecedented interference with voters’ rights and mark the first instance in U.S. history where the judiciary blocked the leading major-party presidential candidate from the ballot.

The Colorado Supreme Court, in a 4 to 3 vote on December 19, disqualified Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, citing the 14th Amendment’s insurrectionist ban as the grounds for his ineligibility to run for the White House.

Trump’s lawyers, in the recent petition, countered that the former president did not partake in insurrection on January 6, 2021, and emphasized that decisions about a candidate’s eligibility are the purview of Congress, not state courts. They argued, “The question of eligibility to serve as President of the United States is properly reserved for Congress, not the state courts, to consider and decide. By considering the question of President Trump’s eligibility and barring him from the ballot, the Colorado Supreme Court arrogated Congress’ authority.”

The petition also included the complete transcript of Trump’s speech before the Capitol riots, claiming it advocated for “peaceful protesting” and stating that he never explicitly directed his supporters to enter the Capitol.

Colorado and Maine have both disqualified Trump from their respective 2024 primary ballots. Alongside Trump’s appeal, Colorado Republicans have filed their own appeal to the Supreme Court, highlighting the potential irreparable impact on the election process.

Additionally, Trump has filed an appeal against Maine’s decision, alleging bias on the part of Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. This 11-page complaint was lodged in Kennebec County Superior Court on Tuesday.


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