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Could New York be next to boot Trump from 2024 ballot?

By Jake Beardslee · December 21, 2023

In brief…

  • New York Democrats renew push to keep Trump off state's 2024 ballot after Colorado ruling
  • Cite his alleged role in Jan. 6th attack as reason he should be barred
  • Colorado found Trump ineligible under 14th Amendment's ban on insurrectionists holding office
  • NY lawmaker introduces bill based on similar principle of barring insurrection participants
  • Legal experts say other states could follow suit if Trump's appeal to Supreme Court fails
After the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump is ineligible for the 2024 ballot due to his role in the Capitol attack, New York Democrats have renewed efforts to bar the former president from their state's ballot using similar legal justification.  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

After the Colorado Supreme Court ruled this week that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to appear on their state’s 2024 primary ballot, New York Democrats have pushed for removing Trump from running in their state as well, reports the New York Post.

State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal wrote “New York is next” on X following the Colorado decision. Earlier this month, Hoylman-Sigal and four other Democratic state senators sent a letter to New York’s Board of Elections claiming Trump should not be on the ballot due to his alleged role in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. “The January 6 insurrection was a violent uprising against the United States that tragically resulted in loss of multiple lives,” the letter stated, adding, “The Board must not allow those who participated to run again for office against the mandate of the Constitution.”

The reasoning is similar to the recent Colorado ruling, which found Trump ineligible under the 14th Amendment’s ban on insurrectionists holding office. New York Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has since introduced legislation to bar anyone who engaged in insurrection from appearing on the state’s ballot.

Trump has said he will appeal the Colorado ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court but has not yet done so. If the nation’s highest court upholds that decision, legal experts say it could lead other states to take similar actions against the former president’s 2024 run.