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Supreme Court rules: Donald Trump may be on the ballot for presidential elections after all

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The US Supreme Court made a special ruling on Monday. Donald Trump may be on the ballot for the presidential election on November 5, 2024.

That was uncertain for some time after the activist group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), together with six Colorado residents, filed a case in a Colorado court to ban Trump from the ballot. The complainants were convinced that Trump had committed “insurrection or rebellion” by his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and should therefore no longer hold the office of president. They relied on Amendment 14, paragraph 3, of the American Constitution, which was introduced after the American Civil War. That provision says that any member of Congress or official of the United States who takes an oath to defend the Constitution and then rebels will be barred from holding office.

On December 19, 2023, the plaintiffs in the Colorado Supreme Court won, but Trump did not accept it and appealed to the US Supreme Court.

They have now ruled that the Colorado Supreme Court was wrong to remove Trump from the ballot. Trump may therefore stand for election in the presidential elections in November.

Super Tuesday

In principle, the Supreme Court’s ruling only applies to the state of Colorado. But if the Supreme Court had ruled that Trump should not be on the ballot in that state, other states could follow suit. This way, Trump would not be allowed to run for office in any state. Such cases have already been initiated in several states, but were paused pending the decision of the Federal Supreme Court.

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The court’s decision is in line with what American media expected. During a hearing on February 8, lawyers from both sides had already spoken and the media noted that the judges’ questions and comments suggested that they were more likely to rule in Trump’s favor.

The court considered the case at an accelerated pace, because primary elections will be held in Colorado on March 5. March 5 is also an important day in many other states. It is Super Tuesday, the day on which residents in many states select their presidential candidate during the primaries. This year it concerns 15 states and one territory. Voting will take place Tuesday in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and American Samoa.

The Supreme Court must also rule on the immunity that Trump claims he enjoyed as president, but the decision in that case will probably take longer.

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