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Maine Bars Trump from Ballot: Key Points and Contex

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Here’s a comprehensive overview of Maine barring Donald Trump from the presidential primary ballot:

What happened:

Maine’s Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, removed Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 presidential primary ballot on December 28, 2023.

This decision was based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, also known as the “insurrection clause,” which bars from holding office anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.”

Bellows specifically cited Trump’s role in the January 6th, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol as the reason for her decision.

Context and consequences:

This is the first time an election official has unilaterally disqualified a presidential candidate under the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.

Colorado previously attempted to remove Trump from their ballot, but the decision was temporarily blocked by the Supreme Court pending a review of the issue.

The Supreme Court is now expected to make a final ruling on whether Trump can be barred from seeking office based on the insurrection clause. This decision could have a significant impact on the 2024 presidential election.

Trump’s campaign has condemned Bellows’ decision and vowed to appeal to Maine’s state courts.

Additional information:

The 14th Amendment was ratified after the Civil War to prevent former Confederates from holding office.

*It has never been used before to disqualify a presidential candidate.
* There are significant legal and political questions surrounding the use of the 14th Amendment in this way.
* The Supreme Court’s decision will likely be closely watched by both sides of the political spectrum.

To stay informed about this developing story, you can follow these resources:

The New York Times: [https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/19/us/politics/trump-colorado-ballot-14th-amendment.html](https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/19/us/politics/trump-colorado-ballot-14th-amendment.html)

The Washington Post: [https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2021-01-11/trump-2024-president-may-be-ineligible-after-u-s-capitol-riot](https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2021-01-11/trump-2024-president-may-be-ineligible-after-u-s-capitol-riot)

Reuters: [https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/14/politics/14th-amendment-secretaries-of-state-trump/index.html](https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/14/politics/14th-amendment-secretaries-of-state-trump/index.html)

Feel free to ask any further questions you may have about this topic!

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