Numerous advocacy groups and critics of former President Donald Trump are endeavoring to exclude him from the 2024 presidential ballot, citing the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.
This constitutional provision disqualifies public officials who have “engaged in insurrection” from ever serving again. These efforts focus on Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election and his role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection.
Colorado and Maine have taken the stance that Trump falls under this disqualification, leading to his removal from the Republican primary ballot in both states. However, these decisions are currently under appeal, with the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments in the Colorado case on Thursday.
Despite these actions in Colorado and Maine, attempts to prevent Trump from appearing on the ballot have faced setbacks in several other crucial states.
Lawsuits in Minnesota, Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, Illinois, and elsewhere were dismissed on procedural grounds, never delving into the specific questions surrounding Trump’s actions on January 6.
The adjudication of challenges to Trump’s eligibility varies across states, with different rules dictating the process. Some states initiate these challenges in their courts, while others involve state election officials, such as a secretary of state, in the initial handling.
CNN is actively monitoring the major decisions regarding Trump’s eligibility, with many of these challenges spearheaded by well-funded advocacy groups supported by seasoned constitutional scholars.
It’s worth noting that, in addition to these major legal battles, there has been a surge in minor lawsuits. These are often brought forth by individuals without legal representation, lacking standing, or filing in courts without jurisdiction. CNN, however, is not actively tracking these minor cases.