The highest court in Maine on Wednesday night
I chose not to express my opinion on the matter.
A ruling has been made regarding the eligibility of former President Donald Trump to appear on the ballot in the state, with the judge deciding that the U.S. Supreme Court must first address a similar case in Colorado before making a decision.
Shenna Bellows, a member of the Democratic party, serves as the Secretary of State for Maine.
The decision that Trump did not meet the ballot requirements stated in the U.S. Constitution’s insurrection clause has been temporarily halted by a judge until the Supreme Court makes a ruling on a similar case in Colorado.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court reached a unanimous verdict to reject Bellows’ appeal of the order that mandated her to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision before making any changes to her choice to exclude Trump from the primary ballot on Super Tuesday.
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The schedule is demanding with Maine’s upcoming primary on March 5. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to discuss the Colorado case on February 8, while Maine has already started sending out ballots to voters overseas.
The top court in the country has yet to make a decision on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies individuals who participated in rebellion from holding public office. Certain legal experts argue that this clause, which was added after the Civil War, could be applicable to Trump due to his actions in attempting to overturn the 2020 election and inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol following his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump argues that Bellows should have disqualified herself and accuses her of being prejudiced against him. He claims that her decisions negatively affected voters in Maine and were a deliberate attempt to prevent him from being included in the ballot.
Bellows, who was chosen by the Legislature controlled by the Democratic party, stated that she was obligated to follow state laws and come to a conclusion after multiple residents contested Trump’s eligibility to be included on the primary ballot. She delayed her decision on Trump’s eligibility until the judicial proceedings were completed and promised to adhere to the final ruling of the court.
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