Republicans try to raise the bar for ballot challenges with Supreme Court

Senate Republicans are trying to make the United States Supreme Court the sole authority when it comes to deciding whether candidates can be removed from state ballots when they’re accused of violating section three of the 14th Amendment.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said he was trying to “calm the waters” with a new bill on Thursday, which would ban states from removing candidates from the ballots if they have not been convicted of violating the amendment, which bans people who have engaged in an insurrection from holding public office.

The bill is in response to recent decisions to remove former President Donald Trump from primary ballots in Colorado and Maine, alleging he violated the amendment with his actions leading up to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

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