Trump Illinois ballot eligibility at risk ahead of election board vote

A retired judge who heard arguments about whether former President Donald Trump should be allowed on the Illinois primary ballot sided with a group’s allegations that he took part in an insurrection on Jan. 6, according to a decision that will be considered by state officials this week.

The Illinois State Board of Elections is slated to vote Tuesday on whether to send retired Republican Judge Clark Erickson’s recommendation to a higher court, which would review whether Trump can indeed be barred from the state’s March 19 GOP primary election. The planned vote comes as the former president faces a Supreme Court fight on Feb. 8 that could determine his eligibility to run in all 50 states.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on Jan. 27, 2024, in Las Vegas.
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