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Colorado Supreme Court to hear appeals in Trump ballot case

The Colorado Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear appeals related to a judge’s ruling against an attempt to keep former President Donald Trump off the state’s 2024 ballot.

The appeals were filed by both Trump and Colorado voters, arguing that he is ineligible to hold office. Trump challenged the state judge’s finding that he “engaged in insurrection,” while voters disagreed with the ruling that the constitutional ineligibility clause does not apply to the presidency.

State Judge Sarah B. Wallace last week rejected a legal challenge brought by a group of Colorado voters represented by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which argued Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election and his conduct during the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol had violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, making him ineligible for office.

In his ruling Friday, Wallace found that Trump “engaged in insurrection” but said the Constitution’s ban on insurrectionist office did not apply to Trump because the clause in question explicitly lists all federal elected positions except the presidency.

Sean Grimsley, an attorney for the group of voters who filed the suit, welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to appeal.

“We look forward to making arguments on the only legal issue at stake – that an insurrectionist former president can and should be disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment,” Grimsley said in a statement.

Steven Cheung, a Trump campaign spokesman, said the judge overstepped the mark.

“The district judge rightly rejected far-left efforts to keep President Trump out of the election, but then went out of her way to wrongly criticize the president. We have asked the Colorado Supreme Court to reject his erroneous speculations because they are well beyond its jurisdiction,” Cheung said in a statement.

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are scheduled for Dec. 6 in Denver, a month before Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is scheduled to certify ballots for the state’s March 5 primary.

Courts in Minnesota and Michigan recently rejected similar legal efforts to block Trump from running for president in those states. The Michigan petitioners filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court.

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