Group objecting to Donald Trump's placement in Illinois primary ballot takes its case to court – Chicago Tribune

Group objecting to Donald Trump's placement in Illinois primary ballot takes its case to court - Chicago Tribune

A group seeking to disqualify former President Donald Trump from Illinois' March 19 GOP primary ballot based on the “insurrection clause” of the U.S. Constitution has appealed the board's decision in the Cook County Circuit, after being rejected by the state elections board. Is demanding an early appeal against. court.

Recognizing a limited timeline for preparing and printing ballots, the group is asking the court to move quickly and said it expects the case will ultimately go before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Democratic judges have a 5-2 majority on the state high court.

The appeal filed by five voters, who are supported by the group Free Speech for the People, came just hours after the Board of Elections said Tuesday it did not have the authority to decide complex constitutional questions, such as whether Trump's action was in the fatal case of January 6. 2021, riot at the US Capitol made him ineligible for office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

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Under that section, those who made the Constitution “as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State” They will not be able to serve in Congress or hold “any office, civil or military” if they have engaged in “rebellion or rebellion” against the Constitution.

To avoid constitutional issues, the board voted 8–0 to dismiss Trump's objection that the former president had “knowingly” filed a false statement of candidacy stating that he would run for president. Are eligible to hold the post.

The appeal says Illinois election officials face a Friday deadline to print enough ballots to mail to military and overseas voters, and a Feb. 8 deadline to send out vote-by-mail ballots and conduct early voting. The first day is scheduled for. At local election board offices.

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“Given the significant public interest in this case, it is highly likely that the case will ultimately be resolved by the Illinois Supreme Court,” the appeal states. “Thus, a prompt decision from this (Circuit) Court, allowing ample time for further appellate review before the impending ballot deadline, is of the utmost importance.”

February 8 is the day the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on an appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court's December decision that found Trump engaged in insurrection to stop the counting of the Electoral College votes, which made the Democrat . Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Colorado's high court ordered Trump's name removed from that state's ballot, but put its decision on hold pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The state's top elections official, Maine Secretary of State Shenae Bellows, found Trump ineligible to vote in that state, but that decision is also pending appeal.

At Tuesday's Illinois Elections Board hearing, Matt Pierce, an attorney for the group objecting to Trump's placement on the ballot, argued that board members had a duty to decide the constitutional question of disqualification and that they were based on previous state Supreme Court precedent on the limitations. Were misinterpreting the decisions. His power.

But Trump campaign lawyer Adam Merrill countered that Trump was “not involved in insurrection” and said the board correctly found that the constitutional issues of disqualification were beyond its jurisdiction. He argued that the “Insurrection Clause” was to be invoked by Congress and did not apply to the office of the President.

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