Trump Appeals Maine Ballot Exclusion Over Capitol Attack, Battle Heads to State Supreme Court

by Jessica

Donald Trump filed an appeal on Tuesday against the decision to exclude him from the Republican primary ballot in Maine due to his involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. The decision to remove him from the ballot was made by Democrat Shenna Bellows, the first secretary of state in history to bar a presidential candidate using Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection” from holding office.

Trump’s legal team requested Bellows to disqualify herself, citing biased tweets where she referred to the Capitol attack as an “insurrection” and expressed disappointment that Trump was not convicted by the U.S. Senate after impeachment by the U.S. House.

The appeal will now move to Maine’s Supreme Court, following the ruling by Bellows, who made her decision after some state residents, including former lawmakers, contested Trump’s eligibility. The Maine Republican Party is actively opposing Bellows’ decision, asserting that they are fighting on all fronts to reinstate Trump on the ballot.

Maine law required Bellows to conduct a public hearing on the matter, which took place in December. The ruling is currently suspended until Maine’s state Superior Court issues a decision. The Colorado Supreme Court had previously excluded Trump from the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, leading to an expected appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Similar battles are taking place in other states where activists are urging election officials to remove Trump from primary ballots under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court is anticipated to make a final nationwide decision on Trump’s eligibility.

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