On Wednesday, the top court in Maine ruled former President Donald Trump may remain on the state’s primary ballot until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the matter, dismissing an appeal from Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D).
According to The Hill, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously to uphold a lower judge’s order that required Bellows to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide on the Colorado ballot case before she could withdraw, modify, or uphold her decision to block Trump’s name from Maine’s primary ballot on March 5.
Last year, Bellows ruled Trump could not appear on the state’s primary ballot under the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment.
Trump appealed the decision to the state court which declined to take up the case, however, the judge said Trump could remain on the ballot until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the Colorado case
The Hill has more:
Bellows had warned punting the decision on Trump’s eligibility would put Maine in a “precarious position,” noting the state primary is held on Super Tuesday, March 5, which is fast approaching. She said voters might cast their votes with the answer on Trump’s eligibility still unresolved.
“A stay of this proceeding, followed by a February decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, may ultimately force the Secretary and her staff to scramble to minimize damage to the integrity of the March 5, 2024, election,” the Maine attorney general’s office, representing Bellows, had written in court filings.