The Maine Supreme Court refuses to rule before the Supreme Court on whether Trump will remain off the ballot

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The Maine Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Secretary of State Sheena Bellows, who last week asked the high court to consider its earlier decision to bar former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot under the 14th Amendment.

Just days ago, the Maine Supreme Court postponed ruling on its landmark decision, which the Trump team appealed, until after the US Supreme Court settled a similar Fourteenth Amendment case from Colorado, and ordered the appeal returned to Bellows for reconsideration. After the highest court in the country had its say.

Photo: Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump takes the stage during the New Hampshire presidential primary night watch party, in Nashua, New Hampshire, on January 23, 2024.

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump gestures as he takes the stage during the New Hampshire presidential primary night watch party, in Nashua, New Hampshire, on January 23, 2024.

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Bellows filed an appeal of that decision with the Maine Supreme Court so it could expedite the judicial process before the state’s initial date, but the court on Wednesday declined to hear the appeal because the Maine Supreme Court’s decision was not “final.” Judgment, just postponed.

“Because the appeal is not a final ruling, we dismiss the appeal as interlocutory and non-justiciable,” the seven-judge court wrote in a 19-page decision.

“Demanding a final ruling in this case is in the interest of justice; It enhances administrative and judicial efficiency; Prevents us from issuing what may be, at least in part, an advisory opinion; “It allows for real and effective decision-making when the matter matures.”

The Trump campaign touted the impeachment as a victory Wednesday night, calling it an “attempt to disenfranchise the vote” that was “strongly rejected by the Maine Supreme Court.”

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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