New Hampshire Republicans push back against effort to remove Trump from the ballot

 September 14, 2023

In a win for former President Donald Trump, Republican officials in the Granite State pushed back on efforts to remove Trump from the ballot. 

According to Breitbart, a letter was sent to New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan on Tuesday regarding the matter.

Anti-Trump activists point to the 14th Amendment

At issue is Section 3 of the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which precludes anyone who has previously "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" from holding office.

Some Democrats contend that former President Trump's objections to the 2020 election as well as the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill make him ineligible to be on the ballot in 2024, an idea this week's letter rejects.

Signed by Senate President Jeb Bradley, New Hampshire House Speaker Sherman Packard, former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, and dozens of other Republican figures, it was shared via email by the Trump campaign.

"President Donald J. Trump is once again at the forefront of political attacks, this time by those who are attempting to disqualify the former President from appearing on New Hampshire’s primary ballot by weaponizing Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment against him," the letter began.

Lawmakers say "there is no legal basis" for baring Trump

"Since 1920, New Hampshire has been a state that prides itself on being the First-in-the-Nation to hold their primary elections and setting the stage for the rest of the country," it continued.

"But that status is now in jeopardy because of an absurd conspiracy theory to deny President Trump, the current front-runner in New Hampshire, from being on the ballot," the letter complained.

"There is no legal basis for these claims to hold up in any legitimate court of law. The opinions of those perpetuating this fraud against the will of the people are nothing more than a blatant attempt to affront democracy and disenfranchise all voters and the former President," it insisted.

The letter went on to accuse anti-Trump activists of "seeking to deny voters access to support their candidate of choice."

Georgia secretary of state says removing Trump would "erode" democracy

Controversy surrounding Trump's place on the ballot isn't unique to New Hampshire, as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal last week in which he rejected removing the former president.

"A process that denies voters their chance to be the deciding factor in the nomination and election process would erode the belief in our uniquely American representative democracy," Raffensperger said.

"For a secretary of state to remove a candidate would only reinforce the grievances of those who see the system as rigged and corrupt," the secretary of state insisted.

"Taking away the ability to choose—or object to—the eligibility of candidates eliminates that consent for slightly less than half of the country," he stressed.

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