Michigan Supreme Court rejects case to remove Donald Trump from 2024 ballot

State of Michigan seal on the Michigan Hall of Justice Building; Lansing MI - May 6^ 2023

On Wednesday, the Michigan Supreme Court rejected an effort to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot in 2024.  The order says the court declines to hear a case arguing that Trump should be left off of the state’s ballot because it is “not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this court.” The court’s order blocks efforts to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

The order comes after the Michigan Court of Appeals this month similarly rejected challenges to Trump’s spot on the state’s primary ballot. In a 3-0 opinion that cited Michigan law, the appellate court said: “Who to place on the primary ballot is determined by the political parties and the individual candidates.” Courts in Arizona and Minnesota have also ruled against similar efforts to get Trump kicked off the ballot.

The Michigan Supreme Court’s order is in stark contrast with the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision last week barring Trump’s candidacy in the state’s primary next year on constitutional grounds. Trump himself applauded the Michigan Supreme Court’s order in a post on his ‘Truth Social’ platform Wednesday morning, saying that the court has “strongly and rightfully denied the Desperate Democrat attempt to take the leading Candidate in the 2024 Presidential Election, me, off the ballot in the Great State of Michigan. This pathetic gambit to rig the Election has failed all across the Country, including in States that have historically leaned heavily toward the Democrats. Colorado is the only State to have fallen prey to the scheme.”

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