Trump is contesting the decision by a Cook County judge to have him taken off the primary ballots in Illinois.

Trump Appeals Decision to Remove Him from Illinois Primary Ballot

Former President Donald Trump has filed an appeal to overturn a Cook County judge’s ruling that removed him from the Illinois primary ballot. The ruling was made due to Trump’s involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Trump’s attorneys argue that the Illinois State Board of Elections was wrong in allowing him to stay on the ballot, and that the judge’s decision was “clearly erroneous.” They are seeking to have the decision stayed until the appeal is resolved by the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, the Illinois Supreme Court, and/or the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case centers around Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits officials who have engaged in insurrection from holding government office. This provision has rarely been enforced in the past 150 years, but the Colorado Supreme Court recently used it to disqualify Trump from running for another term as president.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the Colorado case earlier this month, and most justices seemed skeptical of the idea that states could disqualify a candidate from appearing on primary election ballots. A decision is expected soon.

The Illinois primary is scheduled for March 19, and early voting has already begun. Trump’s name remains on the ballots for now, and the judge’s ruling has been put on hold until Friday. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Trump’s favor, the decision may be overturned. However, if the ruling is consistent with the Colorado case, Trump may be disqualified from running for president again.  

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