Former President Donald Trump’s quest to appear on the 2024 election ballots faces fresh challenges in Illinois and Massachusetts.
In Illinois, a group of five voters, along with the advocacy group Free Speech For People, filed a joint objection to Trump’s candidacy on Thursday.
They argue that Trump should be disqualified under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which bars individuals involved in insurrections against the United States from holding federal office.
This objection in Illinois, reported by NBC News, comes on the heels of similar legal efforts across the country. The petition cites Trump’s alleged role in the events leading up to the January 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol, branding it as an insurrection.
In Massachusetts, former Boston Mayor Kim Janey and a group of bipartisan voters have joined a similar movement, as reported by CNN.
In both states, the objections center on the “insurrection clause” of the 14th Amendment. This amendment, enacted post-Civil War, adds conditions barring former public officials who engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the U.S. from holding certain public offices.
The objection in Illinois was filed immediately after Trump’s campaign submitted petitions for the March 19 primary ballot, alongside fellow Republican candidates and Democratic contenders.
The Illinois State Board of Elections will investigate the challenge, with a hearing officer set to make a recommendation to the board’s general counsel. The full bipartisan board will consider the challenge at a meeting on January 30.
Similar challenges to Trump’s candidacy have seen mixed results in other states. In Colorado and Maine, decisions have been made to keep Trump off the ballot, with Trump’s campaign filing appeals, including a direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Colorado case. However, in Michigan and Minnesota, judges ruled against keeping Trump off the ballot.