Donald Trump is contesting Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision to exclude him from the 2024 presidential ballot. Trump, the leading Republican candidate, claims Bellows lacks legal authority and is biased. He faces similar challenges in Colorado, invoking the U.S. Constitution’s insurrection clause and Capitol riot-related allegations. 

Trump’s legal filing accuses Bellows of arbitrary decisions, legal errors, and jeopardizing his ballot eligibility. Bellows, a Democrat, defended her decision, citing a “sacred obligation” to uphold the law, with a group of lawmakers initiating the challenge. 

Michigan and Minnesota dismissed similar objections, but the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to address the Maine and Colorado cases, with national implications. Bellows, in a BBC interview, emphasized her commitment to a law-based decision and expressed hope for a Supreme Court resolution. 

Trump and his campaign argue political motivations behind the decisions, adding to electoral challenges. Amid federal court trials and Georgia proceedings related to the 2020 election, a separate ruling allows a lawsuit linked to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick’s death during the January 6 riot to proceed against Trump and two riot participants.