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Top Alabama officials join legal battle to secure Trump’s place on 2024 state ballots

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State Wes Allen have joined the fight in a growing list of officials around the country who believe the Colorado Supreme Court violated the Constitution in barring former President Donald Trump from appearing on their official state ballot last month. 

Attorney General Marshall submitted an amicus brief in the Trump v. Anderson case, seeking for the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision handed down by Colorado’s Supreme Court. 

“The activism of the Colorado Supreme Court could disenfranchise millions of voters in violation of the Constitution. I am confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will understand the gravity of this moment and will swiftly reverse this decision. We need the voting public to believe, once again, in the integrity of our electoral process.”

A coalition of 25 states is arguing that Congress is the body to decide whether or not to disqualify a person from public office ineligible under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Although the Colorado Supreme Court barred Trump from the ballot under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, Trump has never been convicted or charged with insurrection.

Secretary of State Wes Allen also signed on to an amicus brief that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. 10 Secretaries of State from around the country also signed on to the brief.

“I put my hand on the Bible and took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States. The brief argues in defense of that important document. The document upon which our republic is rooted,” Allen said.

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“The actions taken in Colorado and Maine are not based in the Constitution. Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment does not provide an affirmative obligation to Secretaries of State to disqualify a candidate for President of the United States based on that section,” Secretary of State Wes Allen said. 

“Furthermore, as Secretaries of State, we do not have the jurisdiction to adjudicate the qualifications of a Presidential candidate under section 3. This brief notifies the Supreme Court of those facts.”

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Trump V. Anderson in the coming weeks.

Grayson Everett is the state and political editor for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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