State of Minnesota

Minnesota Voter Assistance/Ballot Collection

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee v. Simon

Lawsuit filed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) challenging a Minnesota law that limits the number of voters an individual may help complete or return their absentee ballots to three, regardless of the language barriers or disabilities of the voter being assisted. The complaint alleges that these laws impact Minnesota’s sizable language-minority communities, including Hmong and Somali Americans, as well as Minnesotans with disabilities. The district court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary injunction and the Minnesota Supreme Court denied a stay (meaning pause) of the district court’s order pending appeal. The Minnesota Supreme Court then issued an opinion affirming the district court’s temporary injunction blocking the limit on assisting voters with disabilities, but reversed the district court’s finding that the limit violated the First Amendment and posed an undue burden on the right to vote.

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