Efforts to Exclude Trump from the Ballot: Current Status in 16 States

In spite of similar legal complaints being dismissed by multiple federal courts, 16 states currently have active cases seeking to prevent Donald Trump’s inclusion on the 2024 ballot.

Buoyed by a recent decision from the Colorado Supreme Court, Democratic operatives nationwide are pressing ahead with endeavors to secure victory in 2024 by keeping Trump off the ballot.

Following the Colorado Court’s ruling on Tuesday, Trump’s name was deemed unfit for the 2024 ballot, citing his violation of the 14th Amendment’s sedition/attempt to overthrow the government clause. The 4-3 split decision by the seven justices, all appointed by Democrat Governors, centered on Trump’s words and actions related to the events of January 6, 2021, interpreted as constituting insurrection and an attempt to overthrow a duly elected government.

Criticism has been directed at the Colorado Court’s interpretation and application of the clause, as it was originally established to address Civil War-era issues. Critics argue that Trump was not convicted on sedition charges, and federal judges have already declared the charges to have no legal standing.

It is probable that Trump’s legal team will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lawfare, the legal website, is monitoring legal proceedings against Trump. According to their site, federal judges in Florida, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island have dismissed attempts to prevent the Republican front-runner from appearing on the ballot.

Cases with comparable claims were turned down in lower courts in Arizona and Michigan but are currently under appeal. Furthermore, ongoing cases exist in Alaska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The New York Times has indicated that Maine will soon present a case against Trump.

Democrats in California, led by Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, declared their intention on Wednesday to file a lawsuit against Trump, alleging a violation of the 14th Amendment.

If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump’s appeal of the Colorado State Supreme Court’s decision, all ongoing cases on the matter will be temporarily halted. A favorable decision for Trump from the Supreme Court would result in the dismissal of all pending cases.

With GOP primaries set to commence in January, it is anticipated that the U.S. Supreme Court will address and rule on the matter early in the new year. The prevailing expectation is that the conservative-majority court will issue a decision favoring Trump.