CNN reported this surprise decision was based on leftist Secretary of State Sheena Bellows’ interpretation of the 14th Amendment, ruling that President Trump’s engagement in an “insurrection” made him ineligible to face the voters in Maine.
Maine’s secretary of state has said she would welcome the Supreme Court reviewing her decision to disqualify Donald Trump from the primary ballot, admitting the move was unprecedented.
Sheena Bellows on Thursday ruled that Trump could not be on their ballot, in a move which mirrored the December 19 decision made by Colorado’s Supreme Court.
Both Colorado and Maine found that Trump had participated in an insurrection, and so was ineligible to hold office, under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
But Michigan on Wednesday found the opposite, and California on Thursday night sided with Michigan, ruling that Trump could remain on the ballot.
Bellows told CNN on Thursday evening that she knew her decision was historic, but stood by it.
This is seen as a travesty of justice by many.
Breaking: Maine’s top election official has removed former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, in a surprise decision based on the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 28, 2023
“I do not reach this conclusion lightly,” Bellows wrote.
“Democracy is sacred. I am mindful that no Secretary of State has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment. I am also mindful, however, that no presidential candidate has ever before engaged in insurrection.”
The ruling of Bellow has reportedly been suspended until the decision of the Supreme Court is reached.
Maine blocks former President Trump from the ballot. The secretary of state’s decision is suspended pending appeal. pic.twitter.com/dGNDQde9j4
— Jared Halpern (@JaredHalpern) December 29, 2023
Maine recently became the second state to disqualify the 45th President from office, following Colorado’s 4-3 ruling last week.
Both rulings relied on similar reasoning as presented by Bellows.
A photo of the decision-maker alongside Joe Biden is circulating online, likely indicating celebration of the ruling.
Here is the full ruling.