Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump petitioned the Supreme Court to allow his name to remain on the 2020 Colorado ballot despite a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court that it should be removed. Colorado election officials had removed Trump’s name from the ballot after he failed to meet a tightened deadline for nominating electors in the state.
Trump’s legal representatives argued that the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling was a violation of the President’s constitutional rights, as well as disparately targeting him in a manner that other candidates were not subjected to. The statement reasoning that too much discretion was given to election officials to selectively eliminate candidates from the ballot and that it was proof of political bias.
The issue has highlighted tensions between the Trump administration and election officials throughout the country. Trump’s team has alleged a pattern of irregularities and bias in the election system across the country. This has led to numerous legal challenges to various state election regulations and decisions. While the results of the challenge in Colorado remain to be seen, it serves an indication of the continued legal wrangling that lies ahead as election season continues to heat up.
With just weeks until the election, the pressure is on for the Supreme Court to make a decision. As of now, it remains unclear whether Trump will be permitted to remain on the Colorado ballot or if he will be barred from listing his name at all. It is also uncertain what the legal ramifications of such a decision may be, and if it will have any implications on other battleground states like Pennsylvania or Michigan, where Trump’s legal team has also petitioned to intervene in upcoming legal disputes. Either way, the case will set a precedent for future elections and the scope of elected officials’ powers.