Minnesota Democrats are attempting to bump Trump off the state’s ballot, arguing that the GOP nominee’s name was put there improperly by the Minnesota Republican Party.
Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, filed a petition with the state’s Supreme Court in the hopes of having Donald Trump’s name taken off the ballot.
The Minnesota DFL’s statement reads:
The Minnesota GOP did not elect to elect alternate presidential electors at the state convention earlier this year. After being notified that they had failed to provide the names of alternative electors by the Secretary of State’s office, Republicans decided to appoint alternate electors in a closed-door meeting rather than electing them. This is violation of state law.
The move comes after last month’s snafu when Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, were accidentally left off of Minnesota’s ballot. The Minnesota Republican Party went into a frenzy to gather all the required paperwork and get it turned into the secretary of state’s office. At the time, it looked as if the crisis had been averted as Trump was listed online as officially being a candidate on the ballot.
But since the rules weren’t followed, things may not be hunky-dory after all.
Former deputy Minnesota Republican Party chairman Michael Brodkorb took to Twitter to point out that according to the rules of the Minnesota GOP, that kind of quick fix is not permissible.
The DFL’s suit argues the same thing. It isn’t clear why conservatives don’t feel the need to follow any rules, even their own, especially when it comes to Trump’s bid for the presidency. For now, though, liberals in Minnesota are doing their best to call them out for their shady games.
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