National & Minnesota Report
The question over Donald J Trump’s (R) ballot access might be the ultimate determiner of the 2023 election. Since the focus of a presidential race is always the Electoral College and the ability to get 270 votes if enough states bar Trump from the ballot, he could be nullified, especially in swing states. This makes this article interesting. Palm Beach County lawyer files legal challenge to disqualify Trump from 2024 presidential race
The use of the Fourteenth Amendment is an ever-increasing interest and is indeed the crux of many important voting issues because it contains the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses and the following passage.
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Charles P Pierce wrote the following piece in Esquire magazine, The 14th Amendment Has Always Been Pretty Clear to Me. He spells out his understanding of the amendment.
Since, the battleground states of Arizona (11), Florida (30), Georgia (16), Michigan (15), Minnesota (10), Nevada (6), North Carolina (16), Ohio (17), Pennsylvania (19), and Wisconsin (10) account for 150 Electoral College votes, any denial of ballot access anywhere could have significant implications, especially in Florida.
In 2016, Trump won with 306 electors and Hillary Clinton received only 232, despite winning the popular vote. In 2020, the tables flipped perfectly and Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, with Arizona (11), Georgia (16), Michigan (15), Pennsylvania (19), and Wisconsin (10) all voting for Biden and their collective 71 Electoral College votes making the difference.