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On Wednesday, the Maine Superior Court issued an order directing President Trump to be placed back on the ballot while awaiting a ruling from the US Supreme Court.

Trump had filed an appeal with the state superior court on Tuesday, challenging Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision to ban him from appearing on the 2024 ballot.

“Former President Donald Trump’s legal team on Tuesday appealed Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ ruling that deemed him ineligible from appearing on the state’s GOP primary ballot to Maine’s Superior Court, the state’s top trial court,” ABC News reported.

Shenna Bellows, the Democratic Secretary of State in Maine, made the decision to prevent Trump from appearing on the 2024 ballot due to her belief that he is an insurrectionist.

This action was taken following a similar disqualification by the Colorado Supreme Court.

It is important to note that Trump has not been formally charged with any acts of insurrection or rebellion against the United States.

Bellows, who isn’t even a lawyer, concluded: “Trump’s primary petition is invalid.”

According to the Maine Superior Court, Donald Trump has been granted permission to be included on the 2024 primary ballot, subject to a decision from the US Supreme Court.

“Put simply, the United States Supreme Court’s acceptance of the Colorado case changes everything about the order in which these issues should be decided, and by which court,” Justice Michaela Murphy wrote in a 17-page order, according to CBS News. “And while it is impossible to know what the Supreme Court will decide, hopefully it will at least clarify what role, if any, state decision-makers, including secretaries of state and state judicial officers, play in adjudicating claims of disqualification brought under Section Three of the 14th Amendment.”

CBS News reported:

The Maine Superior Court on Wednesday cleared the way for former President Donald Trump to appear on the state’s Republican presidential primary ballot for now, sending a dispute over his eligibility for a second term back to the secretary of state for further proceedings once the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling in a similar case from Colorado.

In a 17-page order, Justice Michaela Murphy, who sits on the superior court in Augusta, said that a December decision from Secretary of State Shella Bellows, a Democrat, should remain on hold until the Supreme Court renders its decision in the Colorado dispute.

Noting that Maine’s primary is scheduled for March 5, Murphy wrote that “unless the Supreme Court before that date finds President Trump disqualified to hold the office of president, eligible Maine voters who wish to cast their vote for him in the primary will be able to do so, with the winner being determined by ranked-choice voting.”

She said that Maine law grants her the authority to send the matter back to Bellows and order her to issue a new ruling once the Supreme Court decides the Colorado case.

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