SCOTUS: States Cannot Bar Fmr. Pres. Trump From Ballot

March 4, 2024

The judgement of the Colorado Supreme Court is reversed.

The United States Supreme Court in a decision released Monday, ruling that states do not have the power to keep former President Donald Trump off the presidential ballot.

What To Know: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that disqualified former President Trump from appearing on the state’s primary ballot under Section 3 of the 14th amendment, a post-Civil War constitutional provision preventing those who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office. 

Why It Matters: This sets precedent for other states attempting or desiring to use the same legal argument to prevent Pres. Trump from appearing on a ballot. In its unanimous decision, the Court held that “States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency,” as “the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates …”

Big Picture: The decision comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed it will hear a separate case to decide whether President Trump has immunity from criminal prosecution, and less than 24 hours before Super Tuesday.

Read the decision HERE ~ And check out Monday’s SCOOP report for a deeper dive.

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas