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Oregon’s top court lets Trump stay on ballot for now, waits for SCOTUS ruling

Jan 12

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In a ruling on Friday, Jan. 12, Oregon’s top court granted permission for former President Donald Trump to remain on the state’s primary ballot, leaving the final decision on his eligibility to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state justices rejected a challenge that sought to remove Trump from the ballot based on the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies officials who engage in insurrection from holding office. No court has convicted Trump of insurrection.

The Supreme Court is reviewing a similar case from Colorado where the state’s high court declared Trump ineligible for the ballot. Colorado’s Secretary of State, following the ruling, affirmed that Trump would stay on the ballot until the Supreme Court issues a decision.

Michigan and Minnesota have allowed Trump on their ballots, while Illinois is still considering challenges. In Massachusetts, a complaint was filed with the Ballot Law Commission, but the Secretary of State confirmed Trump’s presence on the ballot regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Colorado case.

Maine’s Secretary of State declared last month that Trump is barred from appearing on the Pine Tree State’s ballot.

The Oregon lawsuit, led by the national advocacy group Free Speech For People, argued that Trump’s role in the January 6 riots should disqualify him under the 14th Amendment.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Colorado case on Feb. 8.

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[Lauren Taylor]

OREGON’S TOP COURT RULED FRIDAY THAT DONALD TRUMP CAN STAY ON THE STATE’S PRIMARY BALLOT … FOR NOW AT LEAST.

THE COURT SAID IT WOULD LEAVE THE ULTIMATE DECISION ABOUT TRUMP’S ELIGIBILITY IN THE HANDS OF THE U-S SUPREME COURT.

THE STATE JUSTICES DENIED A CHALLENGE SEEKING TO KICK TRUMP OFF THE BALLOT UNDER THE 14TH AMENDMENT, WHICH SAYS OFFICIALS WHO ENGAGE IN AN INSURRECTION ARE DISQUALIFIED FROM OFFICE.  

 

THE U-S SUPREME COURT IS CURRENTLY EXAMINING A SIMILAR CASE OUT OF COLORADO, WHERE THE STATE’S HIGH COURT RULED TRUMP INELIGIBLE FOR THE BALLOT. 

FOLLOWING THE RULING, COLORADO’S SECRETARY OF STATE SAID THE FORMER PRESIDENT WOULD REMAIN ON THE BALLOT UNTIL THE U-S SUPREME COURT HAS A CHANCE TO RULE ON THE CASE.

MICHIGAN AND MINNESOTA HAVE ALSO ALLOWED TRUMP TO APPEAR ON THEIR BALLOT  WHILE ILLINOIS IS STILL DECIDING ON CHALLENGES AGAINST TRUMP. 

IN MASSACHUSETTS, A GROUP FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE BALLOT LAW COMMISSION, BUT THE SECRETARY OF STATE CONFIRMED TRUMP’S BALLOT PRESENCE REGARDLESS OF THE SUPREME COURT’S RULING ON THE COLORADO CASE . 

AND MAINE’S SECRETARY OF STATE DECLARED LAST LAST MONTH THAT TRUMP WAS BARRED FROM APPEARING ON THE PINE TREE STATE’S BALLOT. 

THE OREGON LAWSUIT WAS LED BY FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE A NATIONAL ADVOCACY GROUP THAT ARGUED TRUMP’S ROLE IN THE JANUARY 6 RIOTS SHOULD DISQUALIFY HIM UNDER THE 14TH AMENDMENT.

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR THE COLORADO CASE FEBRUARY 8. 

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