Maine secretary of state appeals order that delayed Trump ballot decision

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows appealed a state court ruling on Friday that would delay any decision on whether to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.

Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy delayed the matter in a Jan. 17 ruling until after the Supreme Court decides on whether it was constitutional to remove Trump from the Colorado ballot, the first state to move to remove the former president under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection” clause.

Bellows is effectively asking Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court to decide whether Trump can be on the ballot, despite the case pending at the nation’s highest court.

FILE – Secretary of State Shenna Bellows speaks at an event, Jan. 4, 2023, in Augusta, Maine. (AP)

The Supreme Court is set to hear the Colorado dispute on
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