Updated Feb 7, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Tracking efforts to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot

14th Amendment challenges to Trump's presidential candidacy
Data: Lawfare; Note: "Challenge dismissed" includes challenges that were voluntarily dismissed. New challenges could be brought in states that previously issued dismissals; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The Supreme Court on Thursday is poised to consider whether former President Trump can be disqualified from the ballot under the 14th Amendment.

Why it matters: The Supreme Court will weigh a largely untested provision at the crux of a bombshell decision in Colorado that disqualified Trump from the ballot over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Driving the news: The Supreme Court agreed earlier this month to take up Trump's appeal in Colorado and consider whether he can appear on the state's primary ballot.

  • The high court's ruling could determine whether the former president and GOP front-runner can be disqualified from the ballot across the country.

Zoom in: Challenges in more than 30 states have been filed citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which holds that nobody should hold office if they "engaged in insurrection" or have "given aid or comfort" to insurrectionists.

  • More than a dozen of the challenges are still awaiting a ruling or a decision on an appeal, according to the nonprofit publication Lawfare.
  • Voters in two other states — Illinois and Massachusetts — filed 14th Amendment challenges to Trump's candidacy last month.
  • The Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission later dismissed the challenges to Trump's candidacy in the state.

Between the lines: Even if a challenge has been rejected in a state, it does not preclude other challenges from being brought in the same state in the future, Lawfare notes.

What they're saying: Trump's team has criticized the efforts to challenge his candidacy as election interference and has indicated he plans to appeal any rulings barring him from the ballot.

  • "We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these un-American lawsuits," Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung said after the Colorado ruling.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission's decision and with more context on the U.S. Supreme Court's action on the Colorado case.

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