Oregon Supreme Court upholds Trump on primary ballot

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Oregon Supreme Court upholds Trump on primary ballot

Election 2024

January 12, 2024

The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday upheld the former president


Trump on the state’s primary vote, refusing to delve into the legal chaos over whether he is disqualified from becoming president until the U.S. Supreme Court in Colorado rules on a similar case.

Oregon was one of several states where liberal groups sued to remove Trump from the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era provision that bars those who engaged in insurrection from holding office to clothe. Only one of those lawsuits has been successful so far in Colorado, where it was ruled last month that Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol disqualified him from running for president.

Trump is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to keep him on the ballot in Colorado

That ruling is on hold until the US Supreme Court hears an appeal from Trump. The nation’s highest court has never ruled on Section 3, which fell into disuse after the 1870s, when congressional action allowed most former Confederates back into government.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling could settle the issue once and for all, but the Oregon court said plaintiffs could try again there under the Supreme Court’s rules on appeals in Colorado. Until then, it declined to take up the lawsuit filed by five Oregon voters and organized by the liberal group Free Speech For The People.


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