A legal action was initiated in Colorado during the month of September, with the objective of utilizing the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution as a means to prevent the inclusion of former President Donald Trump on the state’s electoral ballot for the year 2024.
The matter was reported on at the time:
….Six voters in Colorado have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Denver to disqualify the former president from being included on the ballot if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.
This move is part of a larger push to use Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to keep Trump from winning the presidency.
Six voters in Colorado filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s election ballots because of his role in the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
Their suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Denver, contends that Trump should be disqualified from running in future elections under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that no person shall hold any office if they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” after having taken an oath to support the Constitution.
The group called on the court to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot and declare that it would be “improper” and “a breach or neglect of duty” for Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, to allow his name to appear on any future primary or general election ballots.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and several law firms filed the lawsuit on behalf of the six voters — four Republicans and two unaffiliated.
On Friday, a court in Colorado rendered a ruling that rejected the second endeavor by the legal team representing Donald Trump to contend for the dismissal of the case.
In her 24-page ruling, Colorado District Judge Sarah Wallace rejected Trump’s argument that matters of ballot eligibility are limited to Congress, not the courts. Wallace also opposed Trump’s argument that state election officials cannot invoke Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
“The Court holds that states can, and have, applied Section 3 pursuant to state statues without federal enforcement legislation,” Wallace wrote.
Wallace’s ruling comes just days before the trial is slated to start Oct. 30.
The initial case presented by the counsel for Trump, which was submitted in October, relied on the constitutional protection of freedom of speech as enshrined in the First Amendment.
Earlier this month, Wallace rejected a separate attempt by Trump’s legal team to dismiss the case, ruling that his objections on free-speech grounds did not apply.
Currently, the matter will remain within the jurisdiction of individual states, as comparable legal actions progress through the judicial systems of both Minnesota and Michigan. In a previous occurrence in October, the United States Supreme Court made the decision to decline a distinct case that aimed to employ the 14th Amendment as a means to prevent Donald Trump from being included on the presidential ballot. This legal action was initiated by a very obscure Republican presidential contender for the 2024 election. We will provide you with regular updates regarding the progress of the ongoing cases.