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Colorado presidential primary election: A state of legal and political turmoil

Colorado is one of 15 states that will vote in the presidential primary election on Super Tuesday, which this year is March 5. However, the state’s primary election is not without controversy and drama, as former President Donald Trump faces a legal challenge from the Colorado Supreme Court over his eligibility to appear on the ballot.

Trump’s candidacy disputed by Colorado Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in December that Trump was not allowed on the Colorado primary ballot, citing his conduct related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The court found that Trump violated the Constitution’s so-called insurrection clause, which bars a person who has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution and then engages in insurrection from holding public office.

Colorado presidential primary election: A state of legal and political turmoil

However, Trump and the Colorado GOP appealed the decision, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear their case on Friday. The Supreme Court set a swift schedule for filings from the parties in the appeal and said in a brief order that arguments will be held Feb. . A decision could come quickly after arguments, since Super Tuesday is scheduled for March 5.

Colorado voters face multiple opportunities to participate

Colorado’s presidential primary election allows both affiliated and unaffiliated voters to select their presidential and congressional choices to move forward to the final Election Day ballots. Registered Colorado Democrat and Republican voters will receive their party’s respective ballots either by mail or at the polls depending on when they register to vote. Unaffiliated voters will receive primary ballots from both parties but can only submit one of the ballots for their vote to count.

Colorado will also host both primaries and caucuses this election year. A caucus is a meeting where local members of a political party register their preference among candidates running for office. The difference between the primaries and caucuses come down to how they’re funded and operated.


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