The attempts to keep Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) off the ballot for this year’s midterm elections have failed. The claims relating to her involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot were defeated as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who held the final jurisdiction, decided to allow Greene to bid for reelection.
The group of voters who have made the case against her had spoken about Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era clause, which stops public officials who have partaken in insurrections or rebellions from potentially being eligible for reelection. It was under this section that they believed Greene’s case fell.
Administrative Law Judge Charles Beaudrot recommended that Greene be allowed to remain on the ballot, a suggestion that Raffensperger agreed with. It was he who then confirmed she could continue running.
Raffensperger, a Republican, is popular with conservatives in her district and as such, it was expected that he would allow Greene to remain on the ballot. He is also facing a reelection challenge as on May 24th he will be against Rep. Jody Hice, who maintains that the 2020 presidential election was corrupt.
Raffensperger has notably been chastised by former President Donald Trump and his supporters as he did not investigate claims of voter fraud in Georgia.
Greene in the past has testified on the events of Jan. 6 noting that she had very few memories of the events. She has also denied wanting for the rally to turn violent. Greene was not the only one facing opposition to her reelection. Other efforts to bar other House members from being up for reelection have also failed.