Trump survives Illinois Board of Elections vote determining his 2024 ballot status

The Illinois Board of Elections unanimously decided to allow former President Donald Trump to remain on the ballot in the state, arguing it did not have the authority to determine his eligibility under the Constitution.

The petitioners had argued Trump was ineligible to run for president, alleging he committed an insurrection with the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, in violation of section three of the 14th Amendment. The board, made up of four Democrats and four Republicans, voted 8-0 to heed the recommendation of its general counsel and leave eligibility questions up to the courts.

“I think that we do not have jurisdiction to wade into the constitutional issue to decide the question of whether the candidate engaged in insurrection in violation of Section Three [of the 14th Amendment],” board member Jack Vrett said before the vote.
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