Secretary Raffensperger: Bar Insurrectionists from the Ballot in Georgia
On January 6, 2021, former President Donald Trump incited hundreds of violent insurrectionists to storm the Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Allies in Congress, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and other elected offices across the country were involved in planning meetings for overturning the election results, “Stop the Steal” rallies, and the violent events of January 6th. As a result, five people died and more than 140 officers were injured in a seditious attack that shook our democracy to its core.
Now, Trump is preparing to run for president again in 2024, while Greene and other insurrectionist allies seek re-election in 2022.
These bids for power are not just dangerous for our democracy – they are unconstitutional. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, also known as the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause, bars from public office any individual who has taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and then engages in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or gives aid or comfort to those who have.
Donald Trump’s incitement of the insurrection designed to prevent the certification of democratic election results, as well as Greene’s role in supporting the insurrection, make them disqualified, under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, from holding future public office.
Applying the rule of law requires us to hold our elected officials accountable to the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has a responsibility to bar Trump and Greene from any future ballot.
Sign if you agree: Secretary Raffensperger must abide by Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and bar insurrectionists from appearing on any future ballot.