Donald Trump blocked from Maine’s primary election ballot

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Maine’s top election official on Thursday disqualified Donald Trump from the state ballot in next year’s U.S. presidential primary election, becoming the second state after Colorado to bar the former president for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, concluded that Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2024, incited an insurrection when he spread false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election and then urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to stop lawmakers from certifying the vote.

“The weight of the evidence makes clear that Mr. Trump was aware of the tinder laid by his multi-month effort to delegitimize a democratic election, and then chose to light a match,” Bellows wrote in her decision, which she had suspended until the state supreme court ruled on the matter.

The decision came after a group of former Maine lawmakers said that Trump should be disqualified based on a provision of the U.S. Constitution that bars people from holding office if they engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” after previously swearing an oath to the United States.

The ruling, which can be appealed to a state court, applies only to the March primary election, but it could affect Trump’s status for the November general election.

It likely will add to pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve questions about Trump’s eligibility nationwide under the constitutional provision known as Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

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Colorado’s supreme court has banned Donald Trump from election ballots in that state because it ruled that he violated the 14th Amendment by participating in an insurrection. His re-election campaign team says it will appeal the decision at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Donald Trump blocked from Maine’s primary election ballot

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