State Withdrew Trump’s Ballot Ban Ahead of Super Tuesday

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( – On Monday, March 4, the secretary of state in Maine withdrew her previous ruling which blocked former President Donald Trump from appearing in the state’s primary election under the 14th Amendment. This move occurred after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Trump that this was not a decision that a state had the authority to make. It also occurred just a day before Super Tuesday, the day Maine, along with a number of other states, was set to hold its presidential primaries.

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows issued a modified ruling in which she said that individual states did not have the necessary authority to implement the insurrection clause of the Constitution when it came to federal offices. She further noted that as per her oath, she would abide by the Constitution and law, and therefore she determined that her previous position and the primary position were no longer valid. 

She proceeded to say that following the modified ruling, the voters would be able to cast a vote in support of the former president in the primary election, and that all the votes would be counted. 

Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court found that only Congress had the right to enforce the 14th Amendment to get certain candidates disqualified from state elections. The amendment in question was designed following the civil war to block all those who had served in office and then fought for the Confederates from serving in federal office again. Congress, however, was given the right to lift their disqualification if they deemed it appropriate.

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