A Washington state judge has handed President Trump another huge win in his ongoing battle against efforts to remove him from ballots in multiple states.
Late on Thursday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson rejected a last-minute effort to deny Trump access to the 2024 presidential ballot. The judge determined that the state’s Democrat secretary of state had acted “consistent with his duties” by permitting Trump to be included among the GOP contenders.
Washington Examiner reported:
A Washington state judge ruled that former President Donald Trump will stay on the state’s primary ballot. The news comes amid a multistate effort to remove him over his attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson rejected the request from eight voters that Trump not be allowed on the ballot because he was ineligible for office due to his role in the Jan. 6 riot.
Wilson said Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, a Democrat, “acted consistent with his duties” when making the candidate lists based on the parties’ submissions, and state law requires any challenge to the candidate list to occur within two days of the list’s publication.
“The court determines that the secretary of state acted consistent with his duties,” Wilson said in the ruling. “An order directing the secretary of state to take different action, an order from this court, is simply not supported by the statutes and not supported by the affidavit of the electors.”
#VICTORY! The Trump Ballot Removal Challenge in Thurston County has been DISMSISSED FOR LACK OF CAUSE! Trump will remain on the Ballot in Washington State for #Election2024! pic.twitter.com/dfYH9LhPOf— Outrage PNW (@OutragePNW) January 18, 2024
The court documents:
#THURSTON: New Case Information for the #TrumpBallot objection in Washington State – no docket entries for trial set, afaik:— Outrage PNW (@OutragePNW) January 17, 2024
Mary Sue Wilson
Thurston County Superior Court
ATTN: Mary Sue Wilson
Here’s a statement from Liz Harrington, Trump’s Spokeswoman, on this latest victory:
Statement on Washington Ruling That Keeps President Trump on the Ballot pic.twitter.com/6Sn9jwloPt— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 18, 2024