Michigan Supreme Court Requested to Review Decision on Trump’s Ballot Inclusion

by Joshua Brown
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Legal representatives for a coalition of Michigan-based activists are urging the state’s highest court to consider an appeal against a recent lower court decision. This decision permits the inclusion of ex-President Donald Trump in the Michigan presidential primary ballot.

The request, submitted late on Thursday, calls for the Supreme Court’s rapid and direct intervention, bypassing the state’s Appeals Court through an emergency application.

A deadline of Dec. 1 is proposed for the Supreme Court’s verdict, seeking to overturn the lower court’s decision. The appellants also request a remand for a new evidentiary hearing regarding Trump’s eligibility for the primary ballot placement.

The appeal emphasizes the likelihood of the Court of Appeals’ decision being further contested, regardless of the outcome. The urgency of the matter is highlighted, citing the imminent need to finalize and print ballots for the primary election.

The group Free Speech for People initiated legal action, urging Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to exclude Trump from the ballot. They reference the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which bars individuals involved in insurrection from running for federal office.

However, their contention, based on Trump’s alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incident, was dismissed by Court of Claims Judge James Redford. Redford’s ruling, disclosed on Tuesday, asserts that determining presidential eligibility is a Congressional prerogative.

A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign responded on Tuesday, interpreting these legal challenges as efforts to obstruct the American electorate’s choice in selecting their president.

Numerous lawsuits across the country aim to prevent Trump’s name from appearing on ballots. While many originate from individual citizens, the Michigan lawsuit, along with cases in Colorado and Minnesota, benefit from the backing of well-resourced liberal organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Michigan Trump Ballot Appeal

What is the basis of the legal appeal against Trump’s inclusion on the Michigan ballot?

The appeal is based on the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals involved in insurrection from holding federal office. The group Free Speech for People argues that Trump’s alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack disqualifies him from appearing on the ballot.

Who is requesting the Michigan Supreme Court to intervene in the Trump ballot case?

A coalition of Michigan activists, represented by their legal team, is requesting the Michigan Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that allowed Trump to be included in the state’s presidential primary ballot.

What is the deadline for the Michigan Supreme Court to decide on the Trump ballot case?

The Michigan Supreme Court is requested to make a decision by December 1st, with the aim of resolving the matter before the finalization and printing of ballots for the presidential primary election.

What was the outcome of the lower court’s ruling in the Trump ballot case?

The lower court, presided over by Judge James Redford, rejected the argument that Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol incident renders him ineligible for the presidency. The court stated that it is Congress’s role to determine presidential eligibility.

How has the Trump campaign responded to the legal challenges regarding his ballot inclusion?

The Trump campaign has criticized these legal challenges as attempts to deny the American people the right to choose their next president, dismissing them as obstructionist tactics.

More about Michigan Trump Ballot Appeal

  • Michigan Activists Appeal to Supreme Court
  • Trump Ballot Eligibility Controversy
  • 14th Amendment and Presidential Candidacy
  • Judge Redford’s Ruling on Trump’s Ballot Inclusion
  • Trump Campaign’s Response to Ballot Challenges
  • Overview of Nationwide Ballot Inclusion Lawsuits Against Trump

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Mike Jansen November 20, 2023 - 5:25 am

so are they really trying to keep Trump off the ballot? this seems a bit extreme, don’t you think?

KarenP1984 November 20, 2023 - 6:01 am

Honestly, I think its a waste of time, the courts have bigger things to deal with

HistoryBuff November 20, 2023 - 3:11 pm

interesting to see how the supreme court handles this, constitutional law is so complicated

Sandra_D November 20, 2023 - 4:20 pm

does anyone even understand the 14th amendment? Seems like a stretch to me for this case.

PaulInDetroit November 20, 2023 - 4:55 pm

As a Michigan resident, I’m just tired of all this political drama, when will it end?

TheRealDeal November 20, 2023 - 10:45 pm

trump’s team is right, let the people decide who they want, not the courts


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