Pending SCOTUS Decision, Trump to Remain on Colorado Ballot

The battle over President Trump’s inclusion on Colorado’s 2024 ballot continues, as Secretary of State Jenna Griswold expresses discontent over the possibility of voters being disenfranchised. In a Twitter post, Griswold called for the U.S. Supreme Court to act swiftly and affirm the State Supreme Court’s decision, with the pending presidential primary election in mind.

Despite the controversy, Colorado is set to begin printing 2024 ballots on January 5. The Colorado Supreme Court has delayed their ruling until January 4, leaving room for potential appeals.

The state’s legal battle reached new heights when The Republican Party of Colorado sought the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Colorado high court’s decision to bar Trump from the 2024 ballot.

The Colorado Supreme Court had made headlines when they disqualified Trump from the 2024 ballot. Notably, all seven Colorado Supreme Court justices were appointed by Democrats, and three of them dissented from last week’s polarizing ruling.

The decision to remove Trump from the ballot was met with skepticism, as some argued that the legal theories behind the disqualification were based on Section 3 of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which addresses officials who have engaged in insurrection against the US. However, as CBS News reported, Trump has not been convicted or charged with engaging in insurrection, raising concerns over the presumption of innocence.

In response to the controversy, lawsuits challenging Trump’s inclusion on the ballot have been filed in over 25 states ahead of the 2024 election. Amidst the legal wrangling, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced that Trump would be included on the primary ballot on the Jan. 5 certification deadline, unless the U.S. Supreme Court affirms the lower court’s ruling or declines to take up the case.

With the impending primary election drawing near, it remains to be seen how the legal challenges will unfold. As President Trump’s political future hangs in the balance, the battle over his ballot inclusion has become a focal point in Colorado’s political landscape. The saga surrounding Trump’s eligibility demonstrates the high stakes and complex legal intricacies involved in the run-up to the 2024 election.

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