Colorado GOP take Trump’s Ballot Dispute to Supreme Court

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By Carina

The Colorado GOP recently took a significant step in the legal battle surrounding the disqualification of former President Donald Trump from the state’s ballot. 

This move comes in response to the Colorado Supreme Court’s contentious decision invoking Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to declare President Trump ineligible for office.

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Colorado Supreme Court’s decision makes headlines 

On December 19, the Colorado Supreme Court made headlines by ruling President Trump ineligible based on a provision prohibiting individuals engaged in “insurrection” against the United States from holding office. 

The court stayed its decision until January 4, 2024, or until an appeal is made to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Colorado GOP file petition of irreparable harm

In response to the state Supreme Court’s decision, the Colorado GOP filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The party argues that it has suffered irreparable harm due to the removal of the leading Republican candidate from the primary and general ballots. 

The petition contends that this decision can potentially distort the 2024 presidential election and plunge courts into political controversies over vague accusations of insurrection.

Legal battle implications: A struggle over 14th Amendment

The appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to initiate a significant legal battle with far-reaching implications for the disqualification of presidential candidates based on the 14th Amendment. 

The Colorado Republican Party emphasizes the urgency of reviewing the state Supreme Court’s decision to prevent chaos from what they deem an imprudent, unconstitutional, and standardless system.

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Colorado GOP challenge Section 3 of the 14th Amendment

Lawyers for the Colorado GOP argue that the president is excluded from the disqualification provision of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment because “the President is not an officer of the United States.” 

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They contend that Section 3 is not a tool for state courts to use independently against presidential candidates; instead, only Congress can enforce the insurrection provision under another section of the amendment.

President Trump remains unindicted and unimpeached

The lawyers also emphasize that President Trump has not been indicted under a criminal statute related to insurrection, nor has he been impeached by Congress. 

This highlights the argument that the Colorado Supreme Court overstepped its authority by restricting the party’s ability to select its candidates based on a subjective claim of insurrection.

Trump’s disqualification adds to electoral landscape’s complexity

As the legal battle unfolds, the dispute over the disqualification of President Trump adds complexity to the electoral landscape. 

The implications of this case extend beyond the state of Colorado, raising questions about the constitutional authority of state courts in disqualification cases and the potential impact on future presidential elections.

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