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Minnesota Supreme Court Dismisses Trump Disqualification Suit

Caleb Benjamin
Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 6:30 PM

The court ruled that the petitioners’ claims regarding Trump’s candidacy in the 2024 general election are not yet “ripe.”

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On Nov. 8, the Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by a group of Minnesota voters seeking to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the primary and general election ballots in Minnesota under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. 

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled there is no state statute prohibiting a political party from having a candidate on its primary ballot who is ineligible to hold office. The court ruled that the petitioners’ effort to keep Trump’s name off the 2024 general election ballot had to be dismissed because the issue is “neither ripe, nor is it ‘about to occur.’” However, the court added that the plaintiffs could bring a new petition regarding the general election ballot following the upcoming Republican primaries.

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Caleb Benjamin was Lawfare's fall 2023 editorial intern. He holds a B.A. with high honors in government from Dartmouth College.

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