Washington — Efforts are underway in numerous states to keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot in 2024, and the challenges to his eligibility have plunged the courts into unfamiliar territory as they seek to navigate the application of a little known constitutional provision ratified in 1868.
Closely watched disputes in Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan have been dismissed by judges there, but voters seeking Trump's removal from the primary and general election ballots under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment have vowed to continue their fights, raising the possibility with each stage of proceedings that the Supreme Court will be asked to intervene.
"We are in uncharted waters. It's very unpredictable," Eric Segall, a law professor at Georgia State University, told CBS News. "Whatever happens in state court, the Supreme Court, and on the actual merits of this and the procedures we're using, we're not finding the law, we're not interpreting the law, we are creating the law."