Supreme Court May Decide Trump's 2024 Ballot Fate This Monday

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.04 - 2024 9:46 AM CET

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This Monday, former President Donald Trump might find out if the Supreme Court will allow him to be on this year’s ballot as he seeks the Republican nomination for president.

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The Court is set to make a decision on at least one case, which is likely to be the one from Colorado that could prevent Trump from being listed on some state ballots due to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. The announcement of any decisions will be made on the Court’s website after 10 a.m. EST, according to AP.

Trump is contesting a unique ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that declared him unfit to run for president again and therefore not eligible for Colorado’s primary happening on Tuesday.

A decision on this case would clarify whether votes for Trump in the Super Tuesday primaries across 16 states will count. The Court, which listened to the case arguments on February 8, was asked for a swift resolution by both parties involved.

During the hearing, the justices seemed inclined to rule in favor of Trump.

This is the first time a court has applied a post-Civil War constitutional rule meant to stop those who participated in an "insurrection" from holding office. This provision has also led to Trump being excluded from primary ballots in Illinois and Maine, but those decisions are paused until the Supreme Court's verdict.

This is a historic moment for the Supreme Court as it has never before issued a ruling on this specific section of the 14th Amendment.

The Court's hint that a decision will be made Monday, along with some unusual practices, has raised expectations that it will be the Trump ballot issue that's resolved.

Moreover, the justices have also agreed to consider in late April whether Trump can face criminal charges related to election interference and his involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. This has raised questions about whether Trump will be able to go through a trial before the November election.

Trump is currently facing 91 criminal charges across four cases. Among these, only his New York state case, which involves falsifying business records linked to payments to a porn actor, has a set trial date of March 25. The judge in this case has shown a strong intention to proceed as planned.

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