Maine Democrats rebuff move to impeach top elections chief

(The Center Square) — Maine Democrats have rejected a GOP-led proposal to initiate impeachment proceedings against Secretary of State Shenna Bellows for removing former president Donald Trump from the ballot.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 80-60 along party lines not to take up a proposal filed by Republican lawmakers to create a special committee to look into allegations of “misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance and other misconduct” by Bellows, a Democrat who oversees the state’s elections.

Last week, Bellows issued a decision brought forth by Maine voters to challenge Trump’s primary petition, determining it invalid. 

Bellows, a Democrat, said the former president is not qualified to hold the office of president over his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. She said her decision, prompted by a challenge from a group of Maine voters, was based on a clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S.
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