Maine prohibits Trump from being on presidential primary ballot

Maine’s Democratic secretary of state has removed Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot under the Constitution’s insurrection clause, prohibiting those who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office. This comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to determine whether Trump remains eligible to return to the White House. The decision also follows a similar ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court. While Maine has just four electoral votes, it’s one of two states to split them, so having him off the ballot could have outsized implications. The ruling has prompted immediate appeals from the Trump campaign in response to Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision. Legal experts expect the U.S. Supreme Court to have the final say on whether Trump appears on the ballot in Maine and other states, as the court has never ruled on the 14th Amendment Section 3 provision. Bellows found that Trump engaged in insurrection during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, violating Section 3 of the amendment. The decision has sparked controversy and debate across party lines, with some praising Bellows’ courage and others labeling it as undemocratic. The criticism appears to be divided, with some Republicans and even Democrats disagreeing on the decision. The case underscores a broader battle over the 14th Amendment Section 3 provision and the reach of its implications. Rebukes from both parties have positioned the case for review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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