Officials in Wisconsin Quash Effort to Strip Trump from Ballot

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Invoking the Fourteenth Amendment, Wisconsin election officials have declined to evaluate a complaint seeking to remove former President Trump from the state’s primary ballot.

Kirk Bangstad, the proprietor of a brewery in Madison, Wisconsin, lodged a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Thursday, alleging that Trump’s conduct in the aftermath of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, warrants his removal from the ballot.

The commission stated that the complaint was dismissed for procedural reasons, and respondents include commission members.

Pending legal appeals, Bangstad’s complaint is founded on the same grounds as removal efforts in Colorado and Maine, which have been granted.

By virtue of the Fourteenth Amendment, individuals who “engage in insurrection” are not permitted to hold office. The Maine Secretary of State and the Colorado Supreme Court determined that the conduct exhibited by Trump on January 6th was consistent with the aforementioned definition.

Comparable 14th Amendment claimants have been denied by additional states as well.

A Michigan court ruled on Wednesday that the state’s secretary of state lacks the authority to ascertain candidate eligibility under the “insurrection clause” of the amendment.

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