PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday rejected an attempt to disqualify three Republican lawmakers from this year’s ballot because of their role in planning or participating in a rally that led to the unprecedented attack against Congress on January 6, 2021.
The decision means U.S. Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs and state Representative Mark Finchem remain on the primary ballot. Gosar and Biggs are seeking re-election, and Finchem is running for Secretary of State, Arizona Chief Electoral Officer.
The lawsuits filed on behalf of a handful of Arizona voters alleged that Gosar, Biggs and Finchem could not hold office because they participated in an insurrection. They cited a section of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution enacted after the Civil War known as the “disqualification clause”.
The judges ruled that alleged violations of the disqualification clause were not grounds to challenge a candidate’s eligibility for office under Arizona law. Their decision upholds a ruling by the Maricopa County Superior Court.
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None of the lawmakers are accused of participating in the actual attack on Congress that sought to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
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