The Colorado Supreme Court has disqualified former President Trump from the 2024 ballot, CNBC reports.
The state’s highest court stayed the ruling, however, “subject to further appellate proceedings.”
The ruling is the first time a state court has agreed that Trump, who is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, should be barred from ballots in a state because of a U.S. constitutional provision barring people who have engaged in “insurrection” from federal office.
Courts in Minnesota and Michigan have rejected similar suits challenging Trump’s placement on the presidential ballot, but the issue is continuing to be litigated in a number of states.
A group of six Colorado voters in September sued to block Trump from state ballots in 2024 because of a claim he was barred due to a provision in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
That provision, Section 3, says that “no person” can serve as an officer of the United States who, having previously taken an oath of federal office, “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S.
The lawsuit, ruled on by the Colorado Supreme Claimed Trump participated in an act of insurrection on January 6th.
The case will likely be appealed. A district court judge in Colorado previously ruled that Trump could appear because the office of the president is not subject to Article 3.