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Maine Deletes Trump’s Name From Primary Ballot

Maine's top election official said that she has removed Donald Trump's name from the presidential primary ballot, a decision that will likely be appealed along with a similar ruling in Colorado, David Jackson reported for USA TODAY.


The "insurrectionist ban" in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution applies to Trump and the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, according to the decision. I Photo: Daderot Wikimedia Commons



Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, announced the decision Thursday, saying the "insurrectionist ban" in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution applies to Trump and the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.


The evidence demonstrates that the insurrection "occurred at the behest of, and with the knowledge and support of, the outgoing President (Trump)," Bellows wrote in her decision.



"The US Constitution does not tolerate an assault on the foundations of our government."

Bellows also said she would delay the actual removal of Trump's name from the Maine ballot until the courts finally rule on the question.


That means Trump will probably be on the state's Republican primary ballot on March 5.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Earlier this month, Bellows presided over an administrative hearing on a challenge to Trump brought by a bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers. The US Supreme Court is expected to have the final say on Trump's eligibility for state ballots sometime next year.




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