Minnesota DFL Party sues to remove Trump from November ballot

Claiming the Minnesota Republican Party irregularly entered GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s name on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election, the state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) has filed a motion with the Minnesota Supreme Court to disqualify the New York businessman from the ballot.

The DFL Party contends the Minnesota GOP violated state law by choosing alternate presidential electors  in a meeting instead of electing alternates at the Party’s state convention.

Naming Minnesota Secretary of State Sam Simon the defendant, the suit claims Simon was in error to receive an Aug. 25 filing, a “certificate of nomination” from the Minnesota Republicans with the names of appointed alternate electors.

A statement from the DFL Party read:

“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 lawsuit follows a similar quandary in which Trump and his vice-presidential running mate were left off the ballot stemming from the state GOP neglecting to submit necessary paperwork for the ticket to appear on the ballot.

Although the state Party eventually tendered official documents, the DFL maintains the party violated state law through flouting rules related to the election of alternate electors.

A Minnesota Supreme Court is expected to deliver a decision, but as of Thursday, the Trump-Pence ticket appeared on the state’s sample ballot.

 

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