Illinois judge removes Trump from state ballot, citing ‘insurrectionist ban’

Published February 28, 2024

Illinois is now the third state where Trump was booted from the ballot, after Colorado and Maine

An Illinois judge announced late Wednesday that former President Donald Trump has been removed from the state’s 2024 Republican presidential primary ballot over his alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

Cook County Circuit Judge Tracie Porter barred Trump from the Illinois ballot one month after the anti-Trump challenge was dismissed by the Illinois State Board of Elections.

According to court documents obtained by Fox News, Porter gave the order on Wednesday, urging the board to remove Trump or “cause any votes cast for him to be suppressed,” for violating section three of the 14th Amendment, or the “disqualification clause,” for engaging in insurrection.

Porter’s ruling reverses last month’s decision by the Illinois Board of Elections to keep Trump’s name on the primary ballot after a group of Illinois voters accused the former president of engaging in insurrection.

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However, the order is put on hold until Friday, in case of an appeal from Trump’s attorneys to the Illinois Appellate Court, First District or the Illinois Supreme Court.

A campaign spokesperson for Trump issued a statement to Reuters saying it “is an unconstitutional ruling that we will quickly appeal.”

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering for the first time the meaning and reach of Section 3 of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which bars former officeholders who “engaged in insurrection” from holding public office again.

The 14th Amendment, Section 3 of the Constitution states, “No person shall… hold any office… under the United States… who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States… to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”



RELATED: Illinois Becomes the Third State to Remove Trump From Primary Ballot

Published February 28, 2024

Illinois becomes the third state to remove former President Trump from its state ballot, citing the 14th Amendment’s so-called “insurrectionist ban.”

On Wednesday evening, Cook County Circuit Judge Tracie Porter announced Trump’s ban from appearing on Illinois’s 2024 Republican presidential primary ballot due to his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Hill protests.

The decision is currently on hold, giving Trump a short time to appeal the judge’s ruling.

“The court also realizes the magnitude of this decision and its impact on the upcoming primary Illinois elections,” Porter wrote. “The Illinois State Board of Election shall remove Donald J. Trump from the ballot for the General Primary Election on March 19, 2024, or cause any votes cast for him to be suppressed.”

Porter’s decision comes one month after the Illinois State Board of Elections dismissed an anti-2024 Trump challenge. In a unanimous vote, the election board threw out the case, stating that it did not have jurisdiction to review the matter. Illinois goes to the polls on March 19



RELATED: Judge Rules Trump Is Disqualified From Illinois Ballot

Published February 28, 2024

An Illinois state judge on Wednesday barred Donald Trump from appearing on the Illinois’ Republican presidential primary ballot because of his role in the attack at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but she delayed her ruling from taking effect in light of an expected appeal by the former U.S president.

Cook County Circuit Judge Tracie Porter sided with Illinois voters who argued that the former president should be disqualified from the state’s March 19 primary ballot and its Nov. 5 general election ballot for violating the anti-insurrection clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.





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