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A federal appeals court has made it easier to try to disqualify political candidates for being “insurgents,” overturning a lower court’s ruling and their alleged support Tuesday against Rep. Madison Cawthorne (RN.C.). judgment in the matter challenging his candidature on the basis of For the attack on the Capitol building on January 6.

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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday Governance In a lawsuit he filed against Cawthorne earlier this year to prevent voters from asking the North Carolina State Board of Elections to stop him from running for office.

Voters argued that Cawthorne should be disqualified from the ballot because he showed support for the January 6th attack, which they argued goes against a provision in the 14th Amendment that bars members of Congress from holding office. If they are engaged in “rebellion” after taking charge.

A district court judge appointed by former President Donald Trump ruled in favor of Cawthorne, finding that a federal law had been passed in 1872 to ensure that civil war ensued for future candidates. Even ex-Federalists can hold office after that, meaning Cawthorne cannot be disqualified and remain on the ballot.

But on Tuesday, Court of Appeals Judge Toby J., appointed by President Joe Biden. The Haytens applied the Amnesty Act of 1872 only to ex-confederates and did not prevent future candidates such as Cawthorne from disqualifying them, reversing the lower court’s decision.

Heytens stated that his ruling is only concerned with the 1872 law and does not take a stance on whether Cawthorne is a “rebellionist” who should be disqualified, whether voters are actually state election boards or Cawthorne’s other legal arguments. Can challenge the candidacy of politicians with .

Cawthorne’s office has yet to respond to requests for comment.