Maine Secretary of State Unilaterally Bans Trump From Primary Ballot Over J6 'Insurrection'

Chris Menahan
Dec. 28, 2023

Maine's Democratic Secretary of State Shenna Bellows unilaterally banned former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state's primary ballot for having "engaged in insurrection" on January 6.

From The Guardian, "Maine disqualifies Trump from presidential primary ballot, citing insurrection clause":
Maine has blocked Donald Trump from its presidential primary ballot, becoming the second state to bar the former president from running, under a constitutional provision that prevents insurrectionists from holding office.

On 19 December, a decision made by Colorado's supreme court removed Trump from that state's primary ballot, citing the same constitutional clause and setting up a legal showdown at the US supreme court.

Maine's secretary of state Shenna Bellows examined the case after a group of citizens challenged Trump's eligibility and concluded that Trump should be disqualified for inciting an insurrection on January 6, 2021.

"I do not reach this conclusion lightly," said Bellows, a Democrat, in the decision. "I am mindful that no Secretary of State has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment. I am also mindful, however, that no presidential candidate has ever before engaged in insurrection."

Trump is the current Republican frontrunner, and his campaign has vowed to appeal the decision. "Make no mistake, these partisan election interference efforts are a hostile assault on American democracy," said Steven Cheung, a Trump campaign spokesperson, in a statement, also accusing Bellows of being a "a virulent leftist".

Bellows has suspended the effect of her decision until the state's highest court rules on any appeal.
Your rights end where Bellows' feelings begin.

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