NewsMaine's Secretary Of State Blocks Trump From 2024 Ballot

Maine’s Secretary Of State Blocks Trump From 2024 Ballot

Trump’s camp called the decision a “partisan election interference.”

The Associated Press reports that Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows followed in Colorado’s footsteps in removing Trump from the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. Bellows’ decision marks the first election official to take action on deciding whether Trump will keep eligibility to potentially return to the Oval Office.

Once Trump’s camp caught wind of the decision, it was called a “partisan election interference.”

“We are witnessing, in real-time, the attempted theft of an election and the disenfranchisement of the American voter,” campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said.

According to Politico, Cheung went after Bellows in a statement, attacking her career as “a former ACLU attorney, a virulent leftist and a hyper-partisan Biden-supporting Democrat.” He said they “will quickly file a legal objection in state court to prevent this atrocious decision in Maine from taking effect.”

In a joint statement, lawmakers who filed the petition, Republican Kimberley Rosen, independent Thomas Saviello, and Democrat Ethan Strimling, praised Bellows’s decision. “Secretary Bellows showed great courage in her ruling, and we look forward to helping her defend her judicious and correct decision in court,” the statement read. “No elected official is above the law or our constitution, and today’s ruling reaffirms this most important of American principles.”

After Colorado’s historic decision, it is even more likely the Supreme Court will step in to make a formal decision. But some Republicans were repulsed by the state’s decision. “The Secretary of State’s decision would deny thousands of Mainers the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice, and it should be overturned,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins wrote on Twitter.

Maine voters should decide who wins the election – not a Secretary of State chosen by the Legislature.  The Secretary of State’s decision would deny thousands of Mainers the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice, and it should be overturned.— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) December 29, 2023

President Biden commented on Colorado’s ruling, stating it was “evident” of Trump’s Jan. 6 participation but that “whether the 14th Amendment applies, I’ll let the court make that decision.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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