Maine’s Democratic secretary of state on Thursday removed former President Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot under the Constitution’s insurrection clause, becoming the second state to take Trump off the ballot as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide whether he remains eligible to continue his campaign.
The Colorado Supreme Court booted Trump from the ballot there under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment last week.
That may have Oregon residents asking — what is the former president’s ballot status in the Beaver State?
Oregon Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade announced on Nov. 30 that she does not have the legal authority to remove Trump from the primary ballot.
Citing the Oregon Department of Justice, Griffin-Valade said a presidential primary is not a case of someone being elected. Instead, it’s a chance for voters to tell their party who they prefer to be the nominee. Delegates at the national convention ultimately decide who that nominee will be.
She also said her decision affects the primary election, not the general election next November. She said, “When the general election comes, we’ll follow the law and be completely transparent with our reasoning.”
An advocacy group is suing Griffin-Valade, on behalf of voters, saying Trump should be removed for the same reason Colorado’s supreme court did — Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
Back to Maine, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows suspended her ruling until the state courts rule on the case. The Trump campaign said it would appeal.
The Colorado ruling has been stayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether Trump is barred by the Civil War-era provision, which prohibits those who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office. The Republican Party and Trump are expected to appeal.
Other states, like Michigan, have determined Trump can stay on the ballot.
In California, which has the largest trove of delegates in the 2024 presidential contest, Trump was included on the certified list of candidates released Thursday for the state’s March 5 primary.
Secretary of State Shirley Weber faced political pressure to reject Trump’s candidacy in the state, including from Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, a fellow Democrat who urged her in a Dec. 20 letter to “explore every legal option” to remove the former president from the California ballot. Weber later responded that she was guided by “the rule of law,” and indicated the proper venue to resolve ballot challenges was in the courts.
In the end, it is likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final say on whether Trump appears on the ballot in all the states.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.