Another state has removed Trump's name from the ballot in the 2024 presidential election - ForumDaily
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Another state has removed Trump's name from the ballot in the 2024 presidential election.

On December 28, the Maine Secretary of State said that the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, is not eligible to be on the ballot under the 14th Amendment. And this is the second state to make such a decision. Writes about this The Hill.

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Maine Secretary of State Shanna Bellows concluded that Trump "for months and culminating on January 6, 2021, used a false narrative of election fraud to inflame his supporters and drive them to the Capitol to prevent the certification of the 2020 election and the peaceful transition of authorities".

In the 34-page decision, she said Trump "knew the likelihood of violence and at least initially supported its use as he both encouraged it with incendiary rhetoric and failed to take timely action to stop the aggression."

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“Trump’s sporadic requests for rioters to be peaceful and support law enforcement do not absolve him of responsibility,” she said. — A brief call to comply with the law does not change behavior over the course of several months. The weight of evidence makes it clear that Trump knew that his months-long attempt to delegitimize democratic elections led to the storming of the Capitol.”

The Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that Trump would not appear on the ballot for the same reasons. An appeal in this case is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court.

The Maine decision is the first time a state official has ruled out a presidential candidate under the 14th Amendment, while the Colorado decision was a court decision.

“I didn’t come to this conclusion by chance. "Democracy is sacred," Bellows said. “I am aware that no Secretary of State has ever denied a presidential candidate access to the ballot under the third section of the Fourteenth Amendment.” However, I also remember that no presidential candidate has ever participated in an insurrection before.”

“My oath to uphold the Constitution is paramount, and it is my responsibility under Maine election law to ensure that the candidates on the primary ballot are qualified for the office for which they are seeking,” the official explained.

Trump's allies condemned the decision, attacking Bellows as a "hard-left, hyper-partisan Biden supporter."

“What we are seeing in real time is an attempt to steal the election and disenfranchise American voters,” Trump campaign spokesman Stephen Chung said. “Make no mistake, these attempts to interfere with elections are a hostile attack on American democracy.”

Cheung said they will appeal the decision.

Trump's lawyers previously demanded that Bellows, a Democrat, recuse herself from deciding whether Trump should be placed on the ballot. In response, Bellows said the demand was “untimely.”

“Had the motion been timely, I would have determined that I could preside over this matter impartially and without bias,” she wrote. “My decision is based solely on the documents presented to me and was in no way influenced by my political affiliation or personal views on the events of January 6, 2021.”

The debate on the merits of the 14th Amendment challenge has focused on two questions: whether Trump's actions amount to support for insurrection and whether the 14th Amendment even applies to the presidency.

Bellows made the same decision as the Colorado Supreme Court. Citing that decision, she said Trump's actions did qualify as insurrection and that the amendment applied to the presidency.

Again citing the Colorado Supreme Court decision, Bellows emphasized that the complexity and unprecedented nature of Trump's case does not mean she cannot determine his eligibility by preempting arguments against her decision.

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“Complexity is not a limitation on my powers. These laws do not imply that I am limited to making decisions on simple questions of law or fact,” she wrote. “Therefore, Trump’s concerns about the inadequacy of these procedures are unfounded.”

Other states have rejected similar challenges to Trump's voting rights.

In Minnesota, the state's supreme court rejected 14th Amendment challenges as untimely and asked objectors to wait until the general election to challenge Trump's candidacy.

In Michigan, a state court ruled that the state's secretary of state does not have the authority to rule on whether Trump is violating the 14th Amendment.

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