Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded an announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that it will review the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s ballot.
On Friday morning, Marshall filed a brief with 26 other states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to exclude President Donald Trump from the ballot for that state’s presidential primaries.
Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump’s case on an expedited basis.
“The Constitution, not the Colorado Supreme Court, decides who can run for President,” Marshall said. “If allowed to stand, this partisan ruling will create chaos and degrade confidence in the integrity of our electoral process. I applaud the quick response by the Justices to review this decision immediately and stop Colorado’s attempt to disenfranchise millions of its citizens.”
The coalition of 27 states argued that under the Fourteenth Amendment, “Congress will decide whether a particular person is qualified to hold office.” The brief continued, “the structure of the Constitution, relevant history, and authority from this Court confirm as much. The Court should grant the Petition to prevent state courts from usurping Congress’s exclusive power.”
The court scheduled oral arguments for February 8.
The West Virginia and Indiana-led brief was joined by Alabama as well as Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming along with the Arizona Legislature.
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