Three cases were presented to Secretary of State Shenna Bellows that challenged former President Donald Trump’s qualification for the ballot.
Election officials serve as nonpartisan administrators of our democratic elections, and in Maine, this role includes weighing in on the question of ballot eligibility. Secretary Bellows was duty-bound to follow procedure as required by law, hear the cases, and issue an opinion.
In a 34-page ruling, Bellows stated that a plain reading of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution would disqualify Trump from the ballot for the March 5 primary election. However, the decision issued by Secretary Bellows is not the final word on this matter.