Illinois Election Board Shuts Down Effort to Block Trump from Ballot

The election board in Illinois has just shut down an effort to try to remove President Donald Trump’s name from the state’s 2024 ballots.

On Tuesday, the board overruled an objection to Trump’s eligibility to be on the state’s primary ballot.

The Illinois State Board of Elections is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

Nevertheless, the board voted unanimously to keep Trump’s name on the ballot.

The decision comes after a recommendation that Trump be removed over false claims that he “incited an insurrection.”

The board voted 8-0 that it did not have jurisdiction to determine whether Trump is constitutionally ineligible to appear on the ballot.

Officials said they are reserving that power for the courts.

Trump will remain on the ballot for the March 19 Republican primary.

“Thank you to the Illinois State Board of Elections for ruling 8-0 in protecting the Citizens of our Country from the Radical Left Lunatics who are trying to destroy it,” Trump posted on Truth Social after the vote.

“The VOTE was 8-0 in favor of keeping your favorite President (ME!), on the Ballot.

“I love Illinois. Make America Great Again!”

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a similar case from Colorado early next month.

That state’s highest court found the 14th Amendment barred the Republican 45th president from the ballot over the protests at the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

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Trump’s critics claim that he led his supporters in an effort to overthrow the government after Democrat President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election.

However, Jan. 6 was not an “insurrection” and Trump has never been convicted of any such crimes.

After brief arguments last week, a hearing officer for the Illinois board said it should be up to the courts, rather than election officials, to decide Trump’s eligibility because of the complicated constitutional issues involved.

But the opinion from Clark Erickson, a retired judge and a never-Trumper Republican, claimed that a “preponderance of the evidence” presented “proved” that the 45th president “engaged in insurrection” and should be barred from the ballot.

None of this alleged “evidence” has been produced, however.

Five Illinois voters filed a petition arguing Trump is ineligible to be on the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era provision that prohibits anyone who took an oath to support the Constitution and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding office.

Republican board member Catherine S. McCrory made a statement before her vote, clarifying her belief that an “insurrection” took place during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“There is no doubt in my mind that [Trump] manipulated, instigated, aided and abetted an insurrection on Jan. 6,” McCrory said.

“However, having said that, it is not my place to rule on that today.”

Trump’s campaign has repeatedly highlighted the efforts by Democrats and deep state bureaucrats to block him from the ballot as aiming to disenfranchise American voters.

Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, appealed a judge’s ruling on Friday that put on hold her decision to remove Trump from the ballot until the Supreme Court rules on the Colorado case.

Bellows, a Democrat, said she also wants to ensure Maine’s highest court has the opportunity to weigh in before ballots are counted in the March 5 primaries.

The timelines are tight as Super Tuesday approaches.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the Colorado case on Feb. 8, which likely means there would not be enough time to meet statutory deadlines for Bellows to reissue a ruling on Trump’s ballot status and for additional appeals to be filed before Election Day.

Lawsuits in Minnesota, Michigan, Arizona, and Oregon aiming to block Trump from the 2024 ballot have already been dismissed on procedural grounds, Newsweek reported.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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