Oregon Supreme Court Has Declined To Consider A Challenge To Donald Trump’s Eligibility on The Ballot

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Citing the United States Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the matter of Donald Trump’s eligibility, the Oregon Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would not hear a lawsuit from five voters trying to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s Republican general and primary election ballots in 2024.

The Oregon voters, expressed by the liberal advocacy group Free Speech for People, questioned the state high court in early December to order the secretary of state to remove Donald Trump from the general and primary election ballots, arguing he is legally ineligible for the president under the Constitution’s known insurrection clause.

On the grounds of the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban,” the Oregon Supreme Court on Friday declined to consider a request to remove former President Donald Trump from the ballot for 2024, stating that it would wait for the US Supreme Court to decide.

The decision follows the exclusion of Trump from the ballot by courts and officials in Colorado and Maine because his involvement in the uprising on January 6 disqualifies him from holding public office. To allow for appeals, the rulings have been put on hold.

According to a court announcement on Friday, five Oregon voters (or their relatives) filed a challenge hoping to keep Donald J. Trump off the ballot in the state’s Republican primary and general election in 2024. However, the Oregon Supreme Court declined to consider the case for the time being.

Democrats are battling in court to have Donald Trump’s name removed from state ballots in a few different states around the country. They claim that Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, violated a 14th Amendment provision that bars anyone “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” opposed to the Constitution from holding public office.

In the past, some voters have requested that Democratic candidate LaVonne Griffin-Valade strike Trump from the list. She declined, saying that Oregon law did not give her the right to weigh Trump’s qualifications in a primary.

Subsequently, the same group sued the Oregon Supreme Court.

On February 8, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear discussions in the case. Voting in Oregon’s presidential primary must be finished by March 21.

However, the Supreme Court of Oregon declined to consider the challenge for the time being, stating that a ruling on Donald Trump’s eligibility “may resolve one or more contentions” made by the voters.

The voters may still file a fresh petition to settle any unresolved issues that may arise after a ruling from the top court in the country, the court stated.

The Oregon court was unable to decide on the merits of the claim, especially referencing the current action at the US Supreme Court, which will hear the arguments in the Colorado case on February 8.

Because he can’t be defeated in the polls, Trump has maintained that the lawsuits are a blatant attempt to subvert the Constitution and exploit the legal system to prevent him from winning the presidency.

The former president’s name must appear on the GOP primary ballot, at least until the matter is resolved, according to an administrative stay granted by the Supreme Court justices to the Secretary of State of Colorado.

Oregon Supreme Court Has Declined To Consider A Challenge To Donald Trump's Eligibility on The Ballot
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In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling on the removal of names from the ballot under the 14th Amendment, the state supreme court left the door open to future applications.

14th Amendment Recent Rulings About Donald Trump

The recent barrage of 14th Amendment decisions about Trump’s eligibility to run for office in 2024 is probably going to slow down now that states are waiting on the Supreme Court’s decision early next month.

Given the conservative majority on the court, a clear ruling against Trump would be extremely unlikely, but it would completely upset the election if it were decided in his favor, leading to charges of political prejudice.

The alternative might prolong the dispute until November: a limited, technical ruling or one that puts off addressing the main problem.

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