Minnesota DFL Petitions State Supreme Court To Remove The Trump-Pence Campaign MN Election Ballots
Minnesota Democrats are asking the state’s Supreme Court to pull the Trump-Pence ticket from the state’s official ballot this November.
Democrats argue that the Minnesota Republican Party failed to nominate “alternate presidential electors,” during its party convention last May.
In its filing, the Democrats argues that the state GOP failed to elect its alternate presidential electors at its May convention in Duluth. In early August, the filing says the Minnesota Secretary of State notified Republican officials that they had failed to turn in the names of 10 alternate presidential electors.
Republican officials later assured the media that it had fixed the problem with the Secretary of State, and soon the sample ballot was corrected.
The DFL says Republican officials only resolved the issue by selecting its alternate electors later that month in a closed-door meeting and not in an election by the party’s delegates. Thus, Minnesota Democrats say, Republicans violated state law and the Secretary of State should not have corrected the mistake.
The filing says the Republican nominees for president and vice president are ineligible to appear on the November ballot, as state law inexorably ties them with presidential electors and alternate electors.
The court will have to issue a ruling soon, as the state’s ballot is finalized within the coming weeks.