The political landscape in Colorado faces a significant turning point as former President Donald Trump’s presence on the 2024 primary ballot becomes the subject of a high-stakes legal battle. This development follows the Colorado Republican Party’s recent motion to the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging a state-level decision.
On Wednesday, the Colorado branch of the Republican Party escalated the dispute to the nation’s highest court. This move came in response to the Colorado Supreme Court’s earlier verdict to exclude Trump from the upcoming primary ballot.
Colorado’s Secretary of State, Jena Griswold, declared her intention to place Trump on the ballot for the January 5 certification, pending the outcome of this judicial contest. “The disqualification of Donald Trump from the Colorado Ballot under constitutional grounds was a correct decision by our state Supreme Court,” Griswold stated. She added, “This matter is now in appeal. I call upon the U.S. Supreme Court for a swift resolution considering the looming presidential primary.”
This scenario presents the U.S. Supreme Court with a unique challenge, as it navigates between the contentious decision in Colorado and a contrasting verdict from the Michigan Supreme Court, which rejected efforts to remove Trump from their primary ballot.
A temporary hold on the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, effective until January 4, allows room for this federal appeal. The conflicting decisions in Colorado and Michigan may prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to address the case, potentially setting a nationwide legal standard.
The Supreme Court faces a critical timeframe, with a decision required before Super Tuesday on March 5.
However, complexities arise with impending deadlines. As per Griswold’s announcement, January 20 marks the deadline to dispatch 2024 primary ballots to military voters. Furthermore, the mailing of ballots to general voters commences on February 12, with primary voting starting on February 26.
The fate of any ballots distributed prior to a Supreme Court decision remains uncertain, should the Court reject the appeal or not address the case.
Fox News Digital has solicited comments from the Colorado GOP in light of these developments.
In a narrow 4-3 decision earlier this month, the Colorado Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s ruling allowing Trump’s candidacy on the ballot, citing the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This ruling, delivered on December 19, was accompanied by a stay effective until January 4, extendable in case of an appeal.
The state Republican Party’s attorneys argued, “Removing President Trump from the ballot represents an unprecedented violation of the First Amendment rights of political parties to choose their candidates and of the populace’s right to elect their leaders.” This statement followed the December 19 ruling.
As the legal saga unfolds, the political landscape in Colorado remains poised for potentially groundbreaking changes.