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Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray (R) shot down a lawyer's attempt to keep former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot.
Retired attorney Tim Newcomb filed a lawsuit against Gray in Wyoming district court this month seeking to force state officials to bar Trump and Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) from appearing on future ballots.
The lawsuit cites Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars from office a person who has engaged in an insurrection or aided the enemies of the U.S.
"Mr. Trump disqualified himself from appearing on Wyoming's ballot when he refused to defend the Constitution's transfer of presidential power," the lawsuit claims, Cowboy State Daily reported. "Ms. Lummis disqualified herself from appearing on Wyoming's ballot when she refused to count Pennsylvania's electoral ballots to the electoral count."
It is the latest attempt to use the Constitution against Trump to prevent his potential return to the White House. But Gray made it clear he is not interested in litigating this complicated issue.
"The attempt to remove Donald Trump and Cynthia Lummis from the ballot is outrageously wrong and repugnant to our electoral process," Gray responded in a statement. "I am preparing a vigorous defense to stop these blatant, radical attempts to interfere with Wyoming's elections."
According to Gray, the lawsuit is a "weaponization" of the 14th Amendment that "undermines that sanctity of the Constitution."
"We are committed to protecting the integrity of our elections and ensuring that the people of Wyoming can choose who to elect for themselves," he said.
So far, none of the other attempts to bar Trump from the ballot have succeeded.
New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan (R) said he will not block Trump. A federal judge dismissed an attempt, the Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed an attempt in the Gopher State, a Michigan judge dismissed an attempt in the Great Lake State, while an attempt in Colorado is currently being litigated.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News