World News – CA – Federal judge denies GOP challenge to extension of postal ballot deadline


Missing Minnesota ballots obliterated by Nov 3 may be counted even if received up to one week after polling day, under order of a federal judge pushing back a Republican challenge to the extended voting deadline

US Power Sunday District Judge Nancy Brasel Confirms Minnesota State Court Agreement Spurred By COVID-19 Pandemic That Allows Count Of Absent Ballots Received Through November Ten Officials states see record number of mail-in ballots this year

Lawyers for State Representative Eric Lucero, R-Dayton and GOP activist James Carson, who challenged the deal, appealed the order on Monday Brasel ruled that the two men had failed no legal capacity to challenge the agreement

The ruling is the latest in a series of court challenges involving measures taken in Minnesota to hold the election amid the pandemic, which has sparked a nationwide spate of mail-in ballots and attacks of President Donald Trump against the integrity of the 2020 Election

One judge recently refused to block Gov’s Tim Walz emergency mask warrant at polling stations and another dismissed a complaint filed by GOP US Senate candidate Jason Lewis, who argued that the Walz’s orders impaired his ability to travel and campaign effectively

Lucero and Carson – both candidates for the GOP presidential election this year – filed a lawsuit last month after Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon reached a deal in County District Court of Ramsey with a citizens’ rights group concerned about the safety of voters in person polling stations

The GOP’s latest challenge came after Trump’s campaign and the state’s Republican Party dropped a separate call for the deal, which provides for the extended ballot as well as the waiving of witness signatures for the votes by mail

The state-court deal came in response to a lawsuit by the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund challenging state absentee voting rules

Alliance for Retired Americans executive director Richard Fiesta has called Brasel’s decision « a significant victory for common sense voting rights »

« Thousands of older voters in Minnesota can protect their health and cast a ballot that will be counted, » said Fiesta « As with any election, the right of voters to vote in the least restrictive way is essential This decision reinforces this capacity « 

More than 13 million Minnesota voters applied to vote at home last Friday, and 601,094 of those ballots have already been accepted by Simon’s office At the same time in 2016, only 281,532 people had requested ballots by mail

Lucero and Carson argued that the extended deadline would confuse voters and dilute the ballots received by the 8 pm Election Day deadline

Brasel ruled that on the contrary, canceling the extended deadline almost a month after the start of the early vote would only create confusion

« He’s a genius that is difficult to put back into the light, » Brasel wrote of the changes. « Giving Minnesota voters mixed messages after receiving their mail-in ballots would certainly lead to uncertainty and confusion among some of these voters »

In a statement supporting the Alliance for Retired Minnesotans case, University of Wisconsin-Madison Political Science Prof Kenneth Mayer wrote that « tens of thousands » of Minnesotans could have their absent ballots rejected if they did not. ‘there was no change in deadline Mayer also wrote that he could only find two cases of electoral fraud absent in Minnesota since 1979 and both involved single ballots

Stephen Montemayor covers politics and government of Minnesota He previously reported on federal courts and law enforcement for the Star Tribune

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World news – CA – Federal judge rejects GOP challenge to extension of absent ballot deadline from minnesota



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