(NationRise.com) – The trial in Colorado to determine whether the 14th Amendment will apply to former commander-in-chief Donald Trump is officially on. The court is set to determine if it can be used to keep Trump off the primary ballot of this state as he seeks to win the GOP nomination. The trial will take place on October 30.
This situation takes place as the former president filed a motion to dismiss this case on September 22, along with the state’s GOP State Central Committee. Trump filed another motion to dismiss with more Constitutional arguments on September 29, with his first motion being denied on October 11.
Judge Sarah Wallace dismissed the lawsuit after rejecting the rest of Trump’s motions on October 20. She wrote that the petitioners claimed that the Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold was planning to commit “an unlawful act” because she said in the past she would not “exclude Intervenor Trump.”
Wallace also noted that the Court found this matter ready for a decision because of the statute’s clear language and Griswold’s public stances and responses in the case. The judge added that the court’s authority didn’t extend to determining the constitutionality of the state’s election law, and noted that the court would only be able to address breaches of Colorado’s election regulations.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, which is a liberal group, filed a lawsuit on behalf of six unaffiliated and GOP voters in Colorado. They named Griswold, arguing that she was illegally keeping Trump on Colorado’s primary ballot. She responded with a statement where she welcomed the court to make a decision on this matter as soon as possible.
In the statement, she said she was looking forward to a “substantive resolution” from the court on these issues. She noted she feels “hopeful” that this case could help election officials on the former president’s eligibility as a “candidate for office.” She also pointed out that the state’s voting law is not clear in addressing eligibility.
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