Charlotte Tyler
January 6, 2024

Judge rejects Trump ballot ban in Wyoming

A lawsuit that sought to remove former President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis from election ballots was dismissed by a judge in a district court in Wyoming. 

This result prompted Wyoming Republican Secretary of State Chuck Gray to express his appreciation for the ruling, as Fox News reported.

"I am extremely pleased with Judge Westby’s decision to dismiss Mr. Newcomb’s outrageously wrong and repugnant lawsuit to remove Donald Trump and Cynthia Lummis from the ballot in Wyoming," Gray said in a press release provided to Fox News Digital.

"I have been working to make sure that Donald Trump will be able to be on the ballot, and I am happy our motion to dismiss this lawsuit was granted," he added.

"I will continue to fight against this nationwide effort in order to protect the integrity of our elections and ensure that the people of Wyoming can choose who to elect for themselves," the state official concluded.

The Case

In November, retired attorney Tim Newcomb initiated legal proceedings in the Albany County District Court under the case name Newcomb v. Chuck Gray to have Trump and Lummis removed from future ballots.

Newcomb argued that Trump and Lummis are "traitors" in violation of a provision in the 14th Amendment with regard to the breach of the United States Capitol by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.

He further urged Gray to tender his resignation in a court filing late last month, citing his "attempt at stochastic terror against Wyoming's Judiciary, then apologize [sic] to the Court and its staff personnel."

"Mr. Newcomb’s screed reflects the ravings of a radical left-wing mad man," Gray said last month. "Its [sic] another example of the tactics of lunatics of the radical Left with their outrageously wrong attempts at election interference."

Additional Details

In his court filings, Newcomb further contended that the District Court judge overseeing the case might be subjected to death threats should she choose to support his position.

"In candor to the Court, death threat -- if the Court agrees with the Petitioner’s Verified Complaint ... against the Court, her Honor, litigants, witnesses, staff personnel and their families, will come," Newcomb’s filing states, according to the Cowboy State Daily.

Additionally, Lummis praised the outcome in an interview with Fox News Digital, where he characterized the lawsuit as "frivolous."

"Elections in Wyoming are decided by the people of the Cowboy State, and I am glad this frivolous lawsuit to remove myself and Donald Trump from future ballots was dismissed," Lummis told the outlet on Friday.

"Efforts to remove candidates from the ballot are a direct attack on the freedom of voters to choose their elected officials and undermines the integrity of our elections," Lummis further opined.

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