MN Supreme Court Dismissed Case Against Trump Ballot Removal; BUT Could Bring it Back

The Minnesota Supreme Court just dismissed the petition to remove Donald trump from the primary ballot in Minnesota. We wrote last week about the court hearing and the questionable legal representation on the Trump side by the Secretary of State and MNGOP.

This case focused on the 14th Amendment's language that bars someone from holding office who engaged in an insurrection. The subjectivity of that issue complicated the Supreme Court's ability to make a ruling, which would ultimately end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Also, the Court's opinion is that the law does not preclude a political party from nominating someone in their internal primary who is ineligible.  

Despite this good news, the justices allowed this case to be brought back up when dealing with the general election ballot. If they were to rule on that matter in favor of barring Trump to be on the ballot, Trump would only be able to win by a successful write-in campaign. 


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  • Russell Jackson
    commented 2023-11-09 09:29:21 -0600
    What happened to my right to vote for a candidate of my choice? If Trump does not get on the state ballot next November, then the DFLer’s just took away my right to vote. What ever happened the “defenders of democracy” that the DFLer’s always complain about that their party is?
  • James Heaney
    commented 2023-11-08 19:58:53 -0600
    (This, of course, is one reason why I was cheering for this case to be resolved — one way or the other — BEFORE the primary election.)
  • James Heaney
    commented 2023-11-08 19:58:16 -0600
    Minor correction: if Trump were struck from the ballot in Minnesota, he could not win even with a write-in campaign. Minnesota law only allows write-in votes to be counted for eligible candidates.

    So, if Trump does get struck off the ballot in June or August, it’s honestly unclear what Republican voters are going to be able to do.
  • Jake Duesenberg
    published this page in News 2023-11-08 17:02:33 -0600