An attempt from RINOs to keep Donald Trump off the ballot isn’t working.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Dave Scanlan said that as long as Trump “submits his declaration of candidacy” he will be on the ballot.
The top election official in New Hampshire says he won’t invoke the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in order to block former President Donald Trump from the ballot in the state that holds the first primary in the Republican nominating calendar.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Dave Scanlan on Wednesday also announced that the filing period for the 2024 presidential primary will start on Oct. 11 — meaning it’s nearly all but certain the date of the contest will lead to a collision with the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
At the news conference at the state house in Concord, called in part to address legal efforts by some Republicans in New Hampshire to prevent the former president from getting his name on the 2024 ballot, Scanlan said that as long as Trump “submits his declaration of candidacy and signs it under the penalties of perjury, pays the $1,000 filing fee, his name will appear on the presidential primary ballot.”
“That language is not discretionary,” Scanlan emphasized.
Trump is facing similar attacks against him in other states.
For those unfamiliar, the provision in the 14th Amendment that Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans are trying to employ against Trump mandates that people who are involved in rebellions against the United States are prohibited from holding office. It was originally used against Confederate officials after the conclusion of the Civil War. These people allege that since Trump supposedly inspired the riot at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, he is disqualified under this provision.
Republican attorney Bryant “Corky” Messner had been considering filing a lawsuit as others did in Colorado and Florida if the former president sought to put his name on the ballot. He questioned whether Trump was still eligible due to the 14th Amendment.
John Anthony Castro, a Texas-based lawyer, actually filed a lawsuit in New Hampshire with the same objective in mind.