Election officials in key states are getting ready for or starting to respond to legal challenges to former President Donald Trump's nomination.
Efforts to keep him off the ballot in 2024 under the 14th Amendment are increasing.
It all comes down to a provision in the U.S. Constitution that would bar Trump from running in the primary or general elections in 2024.
According to the Constitution's 14th Amendment, an elected official cannot hold public office if they "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" the United States or had "given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof" unless they receive an amnesty by a two-thirds vote of Congress.
According to several advocacy groups, Trump's conduct on January 6, 2021, met this requirement because he actively participated in an insurrection.
Several other elected Republicans have faced the legal argument but to no avail.
Trump has denied having any part in the Capitol attack.
The movement to disqualify Trump under this constitutional provision increased when William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, two conservative Federalist Society members, recently endorsed the proposal in the Pennsylvania Law Review.
Threats to submit complaints against Trump under this provision are now getting traction in several states, including Arizona and New Hampshire.
Secretaries of state claim that preparations have begun for the possibility of conducting elections without the present front-runner of the GOP.
In Michigan, a lawsuit to remove Trump from office was launched by Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
Benson claimed that she and other state secretaries began discussing preparing for Trump's legal challenges more than a year ago.
"I'm talking every day with colleagues about this, we're all recognizing that our decisions that we make may in some cases be the first but won't be the last and there may be multiple decision points throughout the course of the election cycle," Benson said.
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