Michigan Supreme Court will keep Donald Trump on 2024 ballot

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The Michigan and Colorado cases are among dozens hoping to keep Trump’s name off state ballots.

Michigan’s Supreme Court is keeping former President Donald Trump on the state’s Primary Election ballot.

The court said Wednesday it will not hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling from groups seeking to keep Trump from appearing on the ballot.

The state’s high court said in an order that the application by parties to appeal a Dec. 14 Michigan appeals court judgment was considered, but denied “because we are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this court.”

The ruling followed a Dec. 19 decision by a divided Colorado Supreme Court which found Trump ineligible to be President because of his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. That ruling was the first time in history that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment has been used to disqualify a presidential candidate.

The Michigan and Colorado cases are among dozens hoping to keep Trump’s name off state ballots. They all point to the so-called insurrection clause that prevents anyone from holding office who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the Constitution.

Trump pressed two election officials in Michigan’s Wayne County not to certify 2020 vote totals, according to a recording of a post-election phone call disclosed in a Dec. 22 report by The Detroit News. The former President ’s 2024 campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the recording’s legitimacy.

Attorneys for Free Speech for People, a liberal nonprofit group also involved in efforts to keep Trump’s name off the primary ballot in Minnesota, had asked Michigan’s Supreme Court to render its decision by Christmas Day.

The group argued that time was “of the essence” due to “the pressing need to finalize and print the ballots for the presidential Primary Election.”

Earlier this month, Michigan’s high court refused to immediately hear an appeal, saying the case should remain before the appeals court.

Free Speech for People had sued to force Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to bar Trump from Michigan’s ballot. But a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected their arguments, saying in November that it was the proper role of Congress to decide the question.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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  • Don't Say FLA

    December 27, 2023 at 11:32 am

    This 14.3 thing is getting to be another swing and another miss by the authors of the US Constitution.

    14.3 is as clearly written as the 2A, and yet, here we are every young WTF while the USA crumbles.

    One more strike and the US Constitution will have struck out.

    Let’s hope for a foul ball here.

    • Don't Say FLA

      December 27, 2023 at 11:37 am

      While I don’t normally follow up on my typos or words that never made it out my fingers, the above makes no sense even after a ponder.

      “here we are every young WTF” was supposed to be “here we are with everyone going WTF”

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 27, 2023 at 11:41 am

    No one is above the law! Trump is the worst person ever in my life to try and
    purposely violate the laws for HIS OWN REASONS! America swings the pendulum back and forth for the common good! Americans are proud of who we are and our contribution to the world!

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