On Friday, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold took the official step of certifying the Republican and Democrat ballots for the 2024 presidential primary election. In her statement, Griswold highlighted the acceptance of the case by the United States Supreme Court, which guarantees Donald Trump’s presence on the ballot.
Griswold explained her reasoning for re-adding Trump to Colorado’s ballots, despite the State Supreme Court’s ruling:
The Presidential primary ballot for Colorado in 2024 has been officially certified, and the case has been accepted by the United States Supreme Court. As a result, Donald Trump’s name will appear on the ballot.
Colorado voters who are registered with either the Republican or Democrat party by February 12 will be sent a ballot exclusively from their affiliated party. However, unaffiliated voters will receive ballots from both parties, but they are only allowed to cast a vote on one ballot in order for it to be considered valid.
The Supreme Court’s decision to review a controversial ruling made by Colorado’s top court, which initially declared Trump ineligible for the presidency and excluded him from the state’s primary ballot, has led to this development. The Supreme Court has expedited the process, with filings to be submitted and arguments scheduled for February 8. A decision is expected shortly thereafter, just in time for Super Tuesday on March 5.
The heart of the disagreement centers on the insurrection clause of the Constitution, a provision dating back to the Civil War era. This clause prohibits individuals who engage in insurrection after taking an oath to defend the Constitution from holding public office. On December 19, the Colorado Supreme Court rendered a split 4-3 decision, ruling that Trump’s participation in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack made him ineligible for the presidency. Nevertheless, the court temporarily halted its decision to permit Trump and the Colorado GOP to file an appeal.
One of the main flaws in that argument is the absence of any official declaration from law enforcement agencies that the events of January 6, 2021, constituted an insurrection. This perspective gains further support from the fact that, up until now, none of the over 1,000 individuals charged and/or convicted in relation to the Capitol riot have been accused or found guilty of participating in an insurrection or engaging in any insurrectionist activities. This includes former President Donald Trump.
Many supporters of the former President, as well as his legal team, have raised an important question: “How can someone be considered guilty of participating in or aiding an insurrection if no one has ever been charged with insurrectionist activity?”
In her recent statement, Ms. Griswold provided an update on the candidates who have officially submitted their intent and filing fee for the Colorado Presidential Primary Ballot. This includes candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as an option for voters who do not have a specific preference for a presidential candidate, called the “Noncommitted Delegate.”
The 2024 Presidential Primary Election in Colorado has several important upcoming dates. On January 20, ballots need to be sent to military and overseas voters. Then, on February 12, registered Colorado voters can start receiving their ballots in the mail. Finally, Election Day is set for March 5. These dates mark crucial milestones in the election process.
Important dates to remember for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election in Colorado.
January 20th is the deadline for sending ballots to registered military and overseas voters.
On February 12, registered Colorado voters, excluding military and overseas voters, have the option to receive and mail their first-day ballots.
On February 12, voters who are affiliated with a party have their last chance to change or withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote in a different party’s Presidential Primary.
On February 16, all registered eligible voters for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election should receive their mail ballots by this deadline.
February 26 – For the 2024 Presidential Primary Election, it is mandatory to have a minimum number of open VSPCs.
On February 26, make sure to submit your voter registration application through mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver’s license examination facility, or online. This will allow you to receive a ballot by mail for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election.
On February 26, it is strongly recommended that you return your ballots by mail.
On February 27, it was announced that there must be a minimum number of open drop boxes to accept mail ballots for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election statewide.
On February 27, it is recommended that all voters submit their ballots at the Voting Center or drop box, instead of mailing them.
On March 5, it is Election Day. To ensure that their ballot is counted, eligible voters must have either submitted their ballot or be in line to vote by 7 p.m. Additionally, military and overseas voters must send their ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day and have them received by the close of business on the 8th day after the election, which is March 13.
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