A petition has been filed by five voters in an attempt to prevent former President Donald Trump from appearing on the Illinois Republican primary election ballot in March. The petition argues that Trump should be deemed ineligible for public office due to his alleged role in inciting and failing to prevent the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Similar petitions have been filed in more than a dozen other states, all referencing the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. This amendment prohibits individuals who have previously taken an oath to defend the Constitution from holding office if they have engaged in insurrection, rebellion, or provided aid to enemies of the country.
The comprehensive 87-page document, signed by five individuals from various parts of the state, presents a compelling case against Trump. It asserts that he, having lost the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden, played a significant role in fueling the fervor of his ardent supporters who ultimately stormed the Capitol during the congressional certification of the election results. This violent incident resulted in the tragic deaths of five individuals and left over 100 people injured.
Colorado and Maine have already taken measures to exclude Trump’s name from their respective primary election ballots, citing similar concerns. In an effort to reverse the decision made by the Colorado Supreme Court in December, Trump sought the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Illinois State Board of Elections had not yet scheduled a hearing for the petition. Matt Dietrich, a spokesperson for the board, confirmed that it is currently addressing 32 other objections to the proposed ballot, with all matters slated for discussion during the January 11 meeting.
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