The Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization Free Speech for People (FSFP) filed a complaint Thursday challenging former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on the state’s presidential primary and general election ballot under the 14th Amendment.
FSFP has pushed for similar 14th Amendment ballot challenges against the former president in Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, and Michigan.
The nonprofit sent letters in June 2021 to the secretaries of state and chief election officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in an effort to “hold insurrectionists accountable for their role in the violent assault on American democracy.”
Following in the footsteps of the recent decisions by the Colorado Supreme Court and Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, the complaint claims that Trump incited an insurrection against the United States on Jan. 6, 2021.
No U.S. citizen has been convicted or even charged with “insurrection” since Jan. 6, 2021.
Along with the Latino and immigrant civic engagement organization Mi Familia Vota, FSFP launched the website TrumpIsDisqualified.org, a national campaign aimed at barring Trump and other elected officials the group claims were involved in Jan. 6 from any future ballot.
“Trump’s involvement in the violent attack on Congress to prevent the certification of democratic election results clearly disqualifies him from holding any future public office,” the organization stated in a Thursday press release.
The complaint was filed before the Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission on behalf of a group of Republican, Independent, and Democratic Massachusetts voters, including former Boston Mayor Kim Janey (D), and two law professors from Boston College and Harvard University.
Also involved in filing the complaint was Shannon Liss-Riordan, of the Masachusetts-based civil rights law firm Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.
Liss-Riordan unsuccessfully ran for Massachusetts attorney general in 2022 as a Democrat.
“Today’s legal action is not about partisan politics but about upholding our Constitution, and that is why Massachusetts voters across the political spectrum have joined together to challenge Donald Trump’s wrongful placement on the Massachusetts ballot,” Liss-Riordan said Friday.
“As two other states have already recognized, Donald Trump’s instigation of and participation in the insurrection three years ago provide overwhelming cause for his disqualification from holding office in the United States,” she added, referencing the recent Colorado and Maine decisions.
The Massachusetts GOP responded in opposition to the ballot challenge Thursday, calling the move a “dangerous precedent for democracy.”
“Democracy demands that voters be the ultimate arbiter on suitability for office,” the Massachusetts GOP stated.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on one of the challenges to Trump’s eligibility to hold public office.
The full complaint can be read here.