The Illinois election board on Tuesday rejected an objection to the eligibility of former President Donald Trump to appear on the state’s primary ballot.
The Illinois State Board of Elections, comprising an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, has unanimously voted to remove Trump based on a recommendation citing his role in inciting an insurrection. The board unanimously voted 8-0 to assert that it lacks the authority to decide whether Trump is constitutionally disqualified from being included on the ballot, deferring that responsibility to the judicial system.
Trump will be included as a candidate in the March 19 Republican primary election.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider arguments in a comparable case from Colorado at the beginning of the following month. The state’s supreme court determined that the 14th Amendment prohibited the Republican ex-president from being included on the ballot due to his involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. This riot occurred after he was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election and involved his supporters forcefully entering the Capitol building.