President Trump filed an appeal on Tuesday against a landmark Maine decision that barred him from running for president in the state in 2024.
According to various sources, Trump has filed an appeal with the Kennebec Superior Court against the decision of Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows.
Trump’s attorney made a number of arguments that the former president and current frontrunner in the 2024 race has been denied his due process rights because of the Maine Secretary of State’s unilateral decision to disenfranchise the state’s voters of their free choice.
The complaint stated that the Secretary was a “biased decisionmaker” who should have recused herself and “otherwise failed to provide lawful due process.”
Furthermore, it states that “the Secretary had no legal authority” under any Maine statute to “consider the federal constitutional issues presented by the Challenges.” In addition, the complain argues the Secretary “made multiple errors of law and acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”
The document also notes that “President Trump will be illegally excluded from the ballot as a result of the Secretary’s actions.”
The complaint lays out the multiple requirements that the former president had satisfied to appear on Maine’s ballot, but nonetheless, the Secretary “wrongfully denied President Trump a place on the Republican primary ballot.”
Trump’s attorneys argue that relief “is south on the grounds that the Secretary’s Ruling was the product of a process infected by bias and pervasive lack of due process; is arbitrary, capricious, and characterized by abuse of discretion; affected by error of law; ultra vires; and unsupported by substantial evidence on the record…”
The entire court filing can be read below.
In December, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) barred Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, invoking the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.
The historic rulings in both Maine and Colorado have been put on hold to enable the appeals process to play out.