Chicago — A group of Illinois voters has asked the courts to disqualify Donald Trump’s candidacy for his role in the attack on the Capitol, after the state’s election board unanimously rejected the effort.
The court challenge was filed by five voters in Cook County court on Tuesday, hours after the bipartisan Illinois Board of Elections voted to keep the former president on the GOP primary ballot.
Many similar efforts have been initiated in other states, based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, according to which one who has “participated in any rebellion” is not qualified to hold public office. So far only the initiative has progressed in Colorado. In most other cases, boards of elections or courts avoid the issue, as Illinois did, arguing that they do not have jurisdiction to decide a constitutional issue.
The issue is likely to be resolved in the higher courts, and in fact the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear arguments next week, after Trump appealed the decision in Colorado that declared him disqualified from the presidency of that state . .
Illinois voters, along with the group Free Speech for People, argued in their petition that the election board has the authority to decide whether Trump can be on the ballot. Trump’s attorney, Adam Merrill, told reporters Tuesday that he was pleased with the election board’s decision and was prepared to respond to any court action.