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Trump Remains on Colorado Ballot as Judge Dismisses Insurrection Clause Challenge

by Lucas Garcia
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Trump Colorado Ballot Decision

In a recent ruling, a Colorado judge determined that former President Donald Trump should remain eligible to appear on the state’s primary ballot. This judgment, issued on Friday, represents a setback for those attempting to disqualify Trump’s candidacy based on the 14th Amendment, which disallows individuals who partake in insurrection from holding office.

Initiated by a progressive organization on behalf of several Republican and independent voters in Colorado, the legal action argued that Trump’s involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol constituted a breach of the 14th Amendment.

District Judge Sarah B. Wallace’s verdict marks the third decision within just over a week to counter efforts using the 14th Amendment’s Section 3 to exclude Trump from the ballot. Prior to this, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Trump’s ballot inclusion, citing political parties’ autonomy in candidate selection. Similarly, a Michigan judge declared that it falls within Congress’s purview to determine the applicability of Section 3 to Trump.

During the closing arguments held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, in Denver, Judge Wallace concluded that the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment was not applicable to Trump, thus allowing his name to remain on the ballot.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Trump Colorado Ballot Decision

What was the recent decision of a Colorado judge regarding Donald Trump’s eligibility for the primary ballot?

A Colorado judge ruled that former President Donald Trump should remain on the state’s primary ballot, rejecting a challenge that sought to disqualify him based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.

How did the lawsuit against Donald Trump in Colorado come about?

The lawsuit was initiated by a progressive group representing several Republican and independent voters in Colorado. It contended that Trump’s actions during the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack violated the 14th Amendment.

What is the significance of the 14th Amendment’s Section 3 in the context of this lawsuit?

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection from holding office. This lawsuit attempted to apply this clause to Trump, arguing his involvement in the Capitol attack.

Have there been similar rulings in other states regarding Donald Trump’s candidacy?

Yes, similar rulings occurred in Minnesota and Michigan, where courts also dismissed efforts to remove Trump from the ballot based on the 14th Amendment’s Section 3.

What was Judge Sarah B. Wallace’s rationale for her decision?

Judge Sarah B. Wallace concluded that the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment did not apply to Donald Trump, allowing his name to remain on the Colorado primary ballot.

More about Trump Colorado Ballot Decision

  • Colorado Ballot Decision News
  • Trump 14th Amendment Challenge
  • Judge Wallace’s Ruling on Trump
  • Trump Insurrection Clause Case
  • Colorado Political Legal Developments

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6 comments

Mike Smith November 18, 2023 - 1:58 am

wow, didn’t expect that Trump would stay on the ballot in Colorado. Politics these days, right?

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SandraL November 18, 2023 - 3:59 am

it’s interesting to see how different states are handling this 14th amendment stuff. Minnesota and Michigan had similar rulings.

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GaryInDenver November 18, 2023 - 6:00 am

Judge Wallace made a good call, the law should be clear and not used for political gains.

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LizColorado November 18, 2023 - 1:36 pm

Politics aside, it’s important to see the judicial system at work, upholding the constitution and all.

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TomK November 18, 2023 - 7:09 pm

seems like a lot of legal back and forth for something that congress should decide, isn’t it?

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Jenny87 November 18, 2023 - 11:43 pm

So what happens next? Will there be more challenges or is this the end of it.

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