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Bill aiming to exclude Trump from ballot gains traction in Hawaii

Jan 23

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As the Republican primaries unfold, there’s growing concern that former President Donald Trump might face exclusion from the ballot in Hawaii. A bill gaining traction aims to bar voters from electing presidential candidates identified by a federal or state supreme court as insurrectionists.

The proposed legislation also seeks to prohibit Hawaii state electors from voting for a nominee disqualified under the 14th Amendment.

Hawaii State Sen. Karl Rhoads, D, the bill’s proponent, additionally proposed safeguards that require state electors to pledge against casting their ballots for any nominee disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, in case voters nominate an individual who is considered an insurrectionist.

“The Legislature finds that citizens of this State have the right to expect that public servants be people of integrity, and not people who have committed actions that threaten democracy or undermine the vote of the people,” the bill states.

Despite Trump being removed from ballots in Colorado and Maine, he hasn’t been legally found guilty of insurrection charges. Both states’ decisions are pending appeal.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to review Colorado’s decision, upheld by the state Supreme Court, in early February.

It remains uncertain whether the Supreme Court will secure Trump’s name on all state ballots or if states will explore alternative avenues, such as the proposed bill in Hawaii, to exclude the GOP frontrunner from the state ballot.

Similar lawsuits that aim to remove Trump from ballots in Minnesota, Michigan, Arizona and Oregon were dismissed on procedural grounds, according to Newsweek. Meanwhile, the Illinois State Board of Elections is reportedly contemplating a challenge to the former president’s eligibility for appearing on the state’s ballot.

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[KARAH RUCKER]

THE SUPREME COURT IS SET TO RULE ON TRUMP’S ELIGIBILITY FOR PRESIDENT NEXT MONTH.

STATES – ARE GEARING UP FOR NEXT STEPS.

IN HAWAII – A BILL IS GAINING TRACTION THAT WOULD PREVENT VOTERS FROM ELECTING INSURRECTIONISTS.

IT ALSO BANS THE STATE ELECTORS FROM VOTING FOR A NOMINEE WHO HAS BEEN DISQUALIFIED BASED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT.

NOT ONLY WOULD HAWAII’S BILL POTENTIALLY KEEP TRUMP’S NAME OFF THE BALLOT –

BUT IT HAS EXTRA PRECAUTIONS.

THE STATE SAYS ITS ELECTORS MUST PLEDGE NOT TO MARK THEIR BALLOT FOR ANY NOMINEE WHO IS DISQUALIFIED UNDER SECTION THREE OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT.

SO, IF SOMEHOW VOTERS STILL PUT FORTH A CANDIDATE DEEMED AN INSURRECTIONIST –

THE STATE ELECTORS MUST PLEDGE **NOT TO WRITE THEIR NAME DOWN.

HAWAII IS USING A SIMILAR ARGUMENT THAT’S ALREADY MADE ITS WAY UP THE COURT SYSTEM IN COLORADO AND MAINE –

THAT FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN BASED ON HIS ACTIONS ON JANUARY SIXTH.

SECTION 3 OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT BANS INSURRECTIONISTS FROM PUBLIC OFFICE.

TRUMP HAS NOT BEEN FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW FOR ANY SUCH CHARGES.

HERE’S LANGUAGE DIRECTLY FROM HAWAII’S BILL WHICH HAS ALREADY PASSED ITS FIRST READING.

“The legislature finds that citizens of this State have the right to expect that public servants be people of integrity, and not people who have committed actions that threaten democracy or undermine the vote of the people.”

THE SUPREME COURT IS SET TO MAKE A DECISION ON **COLORADO’S RULING TO BAR TRUMP FROM THE BALLOT SOMETIME EARLY NEXT MONTH.

BUT IT’S UNCLEAR IF THE HIGH COURT’S DECISION WOULD SECURE TRUMP’S NAME ON **ALL STATES’ BALLOTS –

OR IF STATES MAY TRY OTHER AVENUES — LIKE THIS HAWAII STATE BILL – TO KEEP THE GOP FRONTRUNNER OFF THEIR STATE’S BALLOT.