Supreme Court Will Hear Colorado Election Case

January 6, 2024

The case is set for oral argument on Thursday, February 8th, 2024.

The Supreme Court in an announcement it will review a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that former President Trump will not appear on the 2024 primary ballot due to the Colorado court’s interpretation of the 14th amendment.

Why It Matters: How the Supreme Court rules on the Colorado case will 1) determine whether President Trump will appear on the ballot in that state and 2) set precedent for other cases challenging the candidacy of the former President. If the Supreme Court upholds the Colorado ruling, other legal challenges may more aggressively pursue similar cases, in other states, attempting to keep former President Trump off of the ballot. Contrarily, if the Supreme Court rules against Colorado, other similar legal challenges to Trump’s candidacy will likely not continue.

Background: Colorado ruled that former President Trump cannot appear on the ballot due to his role on January 6th, 2021. The Colorado high court said that President Trump took part in an insurrection and that disqualifies him from seeking elected office (based on their interpretation of the 14th amendment). President Trump has never been charged or convicted of insurrection.

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PDF of Supreme Court announcement

by Jenna Lee,