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Attorney General Todd Rokita this week co-led a 19-state coalition in defending former President Trump’s right to appear on the Colorado ballot in 2024.

“The legal effort to banish President Trump from Colorado’s ballot in 2024 smacks of the same underhanded sliminess that provoked such skepticism among Americans after the 2020 elections,” Attorney General Rokita said. “State-by-state efforts to thwart the democratic process of electing a president disenfranchises voters in other states like Indiana.”

Indiana voters have a direct interest in this case, Attorney General Rokita added.

“If any state prohibits a legitimate presidential candidate from appearing on their ballot, that action would serve to squelch the voices of voters from every other state who supported that candidate,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Hoosiers cannot tolerate such an assault on democracy and election integrity.”

Attorney General Rokita and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led a 19-state amicus brief calling upon the Colorado Supreme Court to dismiss a case challenging Trump's eligibility to appear on that state's ballot. The brief asserts that the Constitution gives Congress, not courts, authority to decide who is eligible to run for federal office under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.

“We need to protect the integrity of our elections, and actions like this undermine the right of the citizens to choose who they want to represent them in every level of government,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This is a very simple argument: Congress gets to decide on matters like this.”

The 19-state brief is here: 2023 11 29 States Amicus Brief.pdf

A headshot of Attorney General Rokita is available for download.


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