By Gus Saltonstall
An Upper West Side elected official, along with four colleagues, sent a letter to the New York State Board of Elections on Thursday pushing for Donald Trump’s name to be left off the 2024 ballot for president.
State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal, together with State Senator Liz Krueger and three other state senators, sent a letter urging the NY Board of Elections to exclude Trump’s name from both the New York presidential primary and the general election ballots under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The Fourteenth Amendment states that “no person shall … hold any office, civil or military, under the United States … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The letter from the senators argues that Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, “make him ineligible to hold office” under the amendment.
“The January 6 insurrection was a violent uprising against the United States that tragically resulted in loss of multiple lives,” reads the letter. “That dark day in our nation’s history was led, facilitated, and encouraged by Trump. The Board must not allow those who participated to run again for office against the mandate of the Constitution.”
Along with the letter, the nonprofit Free Speech for People collected over 14,000 petition signatures from New Yorkers calling on the New York State Board of Elections to bar Trump from the 2024 New York presidential primary and general election ballots.
The Colorado Supreme Court is currently weighing a Fourteenth Amendment challenge to Trump’s ballot eligibility, which will likely eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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