The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump can appear on the 2024 primary ballot in the state of Michigan. The court unanimously ruled that the Michigan secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson, had no authority to prevent Trump from appearing on the ballot as a Republican candidate. The ruling reversed a lower court’s decision that would have barred Trump from appearing on the ballot.
The ruling was issued in response to a lawsuit that was filed by the Michigan Republican Party in February 2021, which sought to overturn Benson’s decision to prevent Trump from appearing on the state’s primary ballot. The party argued that Benson had no authority to take such action and the ruling, calling it a violation of the Michigan Constitution.
The court agreed with the Republican Party’s argument and ruled that Benson had no authority to take such action. The court’s ruling also noted that the Michigan Constitution prohibits the state from placing “unreasonable burden” on an individual’s right to run for office.
Trump has not yet announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, but if he does decide to run, he will now have the opportunity to appear on the ballot in Michigan.