The judge Michaela Murphy has determined that Maine voters will be able to vote for the tycoon on March 5, the date on which the elections are set. primaries. Should the Supreme Court end the legal battle before then, Bellows is obligated to issue a new ruling under state law, she has argued.
Murphy was appointed to the position by a democratic governor in 2007 and later re-elected by the Republican Paul LePage, Trump supporter. In Maine, these types of decisions first go through the Secretary of State, although they can then be appealed in state courts, as reported by CNN.
“Democracy is sacred”
This comes after the former president trump appealed the decision in early January, arguing that Bellows is a “biased legislator,” that she “failed to provide due process of law” and that she “committed multiple errors of law.”
Bellows asserted that “He did not come to this conclusion lightly.“, although he made the decision because he “used a false narrative of electoral fraud to inflame his supporters and direct them to the Capitol” on January 6.
“Democracy is sacred (…) I am aware that no Secretary of State has ever deprived a presidential candidate of access to the polls based on section three of the Fourteenth Amendment“he highlighted in his decision last December.
Maine had become the second state to have excluded Trump from state primaries under the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits anyone who has sworn an oath to the Constitution and participated in an insurrection from holding public office again.
However, it is expected that it will be Supreme Court It is up to the United States to resolve this issue, since other states, such as Michigan or Minnesota, have rejected this positioning. Before Maine, it was the Colorado Supreme Court the one who issued a surprising ruling that eliminated the Republican from the elections.