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Donald Trump challenges states barring him from the Republican primary ballot

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  • Donald Trump fights to stay on the ballot in some states.
  • He is appealing the decisions in Colorado and Maine.
  • Will it go to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Former President Donald Trump asked a Maine appeals court on Tuesday to reverse the state’s decision to remove him from the Republican primary ballot.

Maine’s secretary of state ruled he cannot be included on the ballot because of his involvement in the January 6 insurrection.

The former president is also preparing to appeal a similar decision by a Colorado court to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Maine’s secretary of state, Democrat Shenna Bellows, announced Trump was disqualified from appearing on state ballot on December 28.

She alleged that the former president cannot participate in the election because of the U.S. Constitution’s «insurrection clause.»

The appeal by Trump’s lawyers, filed in Kennebec Superior Court, asserts that Bellows «had no legal authority» to bar the Republican from the ballot.

They also allege that Shenna Bellow should have recused herself for being «biased.»

An unprecedented blow

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On December 19, the Colorado Supreme Court barred Trump from the Republican primary ballot in an unprecedented ruling.

This was due to his participation in the assault on the Capitol in 2021.

The Colorado Republican Party has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling.

Trump himself is expected to do the same in the coming hours, according to The Washington Post.

Maine has also disqualified Trump from running for president

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On December 28, Maine became the second state to disqualify Trump from running for president.

In this case, the decision was made by Bellows, who is in charge of elections in that state.

In both cases, authorities assert that Trump participated in an attempted insurrection, which disqualifies him from holding public office.

This is based on their interpretation of the Third Section of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Is Trump attempting to overturn the 14th Amendment?

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The 14th Amendment, passed in 1868 after the Civil War, was intended to prevent former members of the Confederacy from coming to power.

These decisions, for now, only affect voters in Colorado and Maine because in the U.S. system elections are handled individually by each state rather than federally.

Another fifteen states, including Oregon, Virginia, New York and Nevada, are also deciding whether Trump can run for office.

Trump has said that «everyone» is plotting to prevent him from running in 2024.

It is a complicated process

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The U.S. electoral system is complicated because each state must decide this individually unless the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.

Trump is exerting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

In Maine, as in Colorado, the Republican primaries will take place on March 5, a key date in the electoral calendar since it is known as ‘Super Tuesday’.

On Super Tuesday, primaries are held in 15 states and that could define who will be running for president in November.

Trump’s mistake

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On January 6, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

This occurred while Congress was in the process of certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, naming Joe Biden the winner.

To date, the former president continues to say that the election was fraudulent, despite there being no evidence to support this.

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