Indianapolis, Indiana – January 5, 2023
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is at the forefront, along with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in leading a coalition of 27 states to support Donald Trump’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. This appeal aims to secure Trump’s placement on the 2024 Colorado ballot. The crux of their argument lies in the assertion that Congress, not the courts, holds the authority to determine the eligibility of individuals to run for federal office as per Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Rokita released the following Friday:
Attorney General Todd Rokita co-leads 27 states in support of Donald Trump’s appeal to US Supreme Court
Attorney General Todd Rokita and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are leading a 27-state brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of former President Donald Trump’s right to appear on the Colorado ballot in 2024.
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.
“American voters choose the President, not a partisan court in Colorado,” Attorney General Rokita said. “This is an obvious attempt to confuse and disenfranchise millions of voters wanting to cast their ballots for former President Donald Trump.”
The brief asserts the state court’s decision to declare former President Trump an insurrectionist has vast consequences that reach far beyond Colorado and will create widespread chaos just weeks before an election cycle. Given that reality, the brief argues, the U.S. Supreme Court should immediately intervene.
“Trust in the integrity of our elections is essential to a free republic,” Attorney General Rokita said. “If activist judges in Colorado can dilute the voices of ordinary voters in states like Indiana, all confidence in our election process will be lost.”
For elections to be fair, voters need a single, certain answer as to whether former President Trump is eligible to run for president under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The 27-state petition for writ of certiorari is attached below.