CHICAGO (NEWSnet/AP) — Attorneys for former President Donald Trump have appealed a Cook County judge’s decision ordering election officials to remove the Republican’s name from Illinois’ March 19 primary ballot.

The appeal, filed late Thursday, came hours after Judge Tracie Porter issued her decision. She placed a hold on it until Friday, to allow the expected appeal.

A group of Illinois voters is attempting to remove Trump’s name from the primary ballot over his handling of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The voters, joined by national voter advocacy group Free Speech for People, argued Trump is ineligible to hold office because they say he encouraged and did little to stop the Capitol riot.

Trump’s attorneys also filed a motion early Thursday to clarify how long the hold should stay in place. They declined comment Thursday.

In her 38-page ruling, Porter wrote that the Illinois voters’ request to exclude Trump from the ballot should have been granted because they met their burden and the Election Board’s decision was “clearly erroneous.”

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