October 12, 2020
Minnesota Federal District Court Denies the Preliminary Injunction Sought By Trump Electors in Voting Rights Case
Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:
“This is an important common sense voting rights victory. Thousands of older Minnesota voters can protect their health and cast a ballot that will be counted. As in any election, the rights of voters to cast their ballots in the least burdensome manner is paramount. This decision furthers that ability.
“We are relieved that Judge Brasel saw that this baseless suit had no merit. The health and safety of older voters during a pandemic can continue to be better protected.”
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The District Court decision means that the agreement between Secretary of State Steve Simon and the Minnesota Alliance and its members, and approved by Minnesota state courts, stands:
- All mail ballots from registered voters will be accepted without requiring that another registered voter or a notary witness and sign the return envelope (this provision was not challenged in the federal suit); and
- Ballots received within seven days after the November 3 Election Day will be accepted, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.
Judge Brasel’s order is here.
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