G. McConway
January 26, 2024

Maine Supreme Court Denies to Hear Appeal of Ballot Case

Maine is one of several blue states that have moved to have Trump removed from the ballot in the upcoming election.

This case was a bit different, however, as the ruling was made by Maine’s Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows.

Bellows made the ruling in this case when residents of the state filed a complaint requesting that Trump be removed from the ballot, citing Section III of the 14th Amendment.


Bellows had stayed her own decision, stating that she would allow the case to be litigated.

The case was brought before the state Supreme Court, but the court refused to hear the case, citing other cases already on the docket of the Supreme Court, most notably the Colorado case, which will likely set the precedent for all of these cases.

In turning down the case, the court stated, “The Secretary of State suggests that there is irreparable harm because a delay in certainty about whether Trump’s name should appear on the primary ballot will result in voter confusion.

“This uncertainty is, however, precisely what guides our decision not to undertake immediate appellate review in this particular case.”

Bellows was further instructed to continue to stay her decision, not making any final decisions until the Supreme Court has ruled.

The case is set to go before the court on February 8, offering very little time between arguments and the primary election day, Super Tuesday – March 5, for Maine.

Additionally, overseas ballots for the election have already been mailed out.

The Trump campaign responded, “This evening, in Maine, Crooked Joe Biden was dealt a devastating blow in his desperate attempt to remove President Trump’s name from the ballot and to deprive tens of millions of Americans of the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.

“This disenfranchisement effort, lead by Crooked Joe’s Democrat acolyte and desperate partisan Secretary of State, was soundly rejected by Maine’s Supreme Court in a dismissal of the Secretary’s appeal of a prior order, which kept President Trump on the ballot.”

I fully expect the Supreme Court to expedite its ruling, knowing full well that regardless of the decision, it will have a major impact on the upcoming primary elections.

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