Republicans seek to remove Joe Biden from Illinois primary ballot

2PWY0JH United States President Joe Biden makes remarks on National Small Business Week, at the White House in Washington, DC, May 1, 2023.Credit: Chris Kleponis/CNP /MediaPunch

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A group of Illinois Republican voters have filed a lawsuit with the Illinois State Board of Elections to challenge Joe Biden’s eligibility and appearance regarding the state’s 2024 Democrat primary ballot.

The petition, filed Jan. 12, maintained the incumbent violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which outlines the disqualifying factors of holding public office.

In a post to X (formerly Twitter), Leading Report cited the plaintiffs’ argument that “Joe Biden has ‘given aid or comfort to the enemies'” of the United States “through his open border polices.”

The petitioners further claimed that since taking his oath of office on Jan. 20, 2021, Biden has “intentionally declined” to enforce the nation’s laws, particularly those related to border security, which they said has bolstered illegal immigration.

64 distinct actions from the incumbent were cited as proof of his supposed lack of enforcement, including moves such as ending construction of the border wall, illegally enacting catch-and-release, and suspending laws to deter hiring and employing illegal aliens.

The group also cited the lackluster tenure of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is currently facing a congressional impeachment inquiry for his inability to manage the border crisis, as another factor harming Biden, writing that the secretary’s actions are “directly attributable” to the incumbent since he serves at the pleasure of the president.

Furthermore, the Biden administration’s border policies have also led to the transfer and distribution of Chinese fentanyl, gangs like MS-13, and Iranian terrorists from easily crossing the border, according to the group.

“[Biden] is disqualified from holding the presidency or any other office under the United States unless Congress provides him relief, which it has not done,” the suit read.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment has been highly debated by scholars in recent weeks as to whether it could be used to justify disqualifying candidates from appearing on a state’s ballot.

Democrat officials from states like Maine and Colorado have issued rulings that President Trump cannot appear on their state’s ballot, citing that he violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment by inciting an “insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021.

The U.S. Supreme Court it set to hear the Trump campaign’s arguments for ballot access in Colorado, and the campaign has also appealed the decision from Maine.

Nonetheless, Democrat attempts to disqualify Trump’s ballot access has created a legal earthquake and a precedent for future elections, with the Illinois plaintiffs even citing the Colorado case a one legal precedent for their case.

As reported by The Epoch Times, Illinois’s deadline to file objections to presidential candidates’ nomination was Jan. 12. The Illinois State Elections Board will meet on Jan. 17 to hear the filed objections.

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