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2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Congressional District Election Contests (Ramsey County)

Jensen v. Simon

Election contest filed in Ramsey County by a group of Republican candidates for federal and state office and two Republican voters seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Election Certification Challenge

Kistner v. Simon

Lawsuit seeking to delay the certification of the November 3rd, 2020 election in Minnesota.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Mail Ballot Segregation Intervention

Donald J. Trump for President v. Simon

On behalf of the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans and individual voters, we moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Trump Campaign seeking to segregate all mail ballots that arrive after Election Day.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Second Congressional District Postponed Election

Craig v. Simon

On behalf of Representative Craig (MN-02) and an individual voter, we challenged a Minnesota law that would not count votes in the November election for the second district’s seat. Following the death of a recent major party candidate, the Secretary of State announced that he would postpone the date of the special election to February 9, 2021 instead of November 3, 2020.

Impact

Minnesota 2008 Senate Recount

In re Contest of General Election Held on Nov. 4, 2008

Obtained a unanimous decision affirming that Al Franken had received the highest number of votes legally cast in the 2008 general election for United States Senator and therefore was entitled to receive the certificate of election.  Perkins Coie also represented Franken during the election, a six-week recount involving nearly three million ballots—the largest in American history, a seven-week trial, and multiple appearances before the Minnesota Supreme Court. 767 N.W.2d 453 (Minn. 2009).

Impact

Minnesota Governor Recount

In re 2010 Gubernatorial Election

Successfully argued in Minnesota Supreme Court case in connection with 2010 gubernatorial recount. The Republican Party’s candidate for governor filed a petition seeking to invalidate the results of the election and start a recount focused on number of voter signatures. The Supreme Court denied the Republican’s petition. N.W.2d 256 (Minn. 2010)

Impact

Minnesota Redistricting

Hippert, et al. v. Ritchie, et al.

Represented Democratic voters in state redistricting proceeding in the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Supreme Court appointed a special redistricting panel to hear the case. The panel found that the population was “unconstitutionally mal-apportioned among the state’s current legislative districts.” 813 NW 2d 374 (Minn. 2012)

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Voter Assistance/Ballot Collection

DSCC v. Simon

Challenging a Minnesota law that, regardless of the language barriers or disabilities faced by a voter being assisted, limits the number of voters an individual may help (1) complete their in-person or absentee ballot and (2) submit their absentee ballots.  Specifically, a person may help no more than three voters mark their ballots. Similarly, a person may help no more than three voters return their absentee ballots. These laws especially impact Minnesota’s sizable language minority communities, including Hmong and Somali Americans, as well as Minnesotans with disabilities.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota COVID-19 Election Relief

LaRose v. Simon

Sponsored by the National Redistricting Foundation, and on behalf of the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund and individual voters, we challenged two Minnesota laws that restrict voting by mail. The first is Minnesota’s requirement that each absentee ballot be witnessed by another registered voter or notary, which is almost impossible for those living alone and social distancing due to coronavirus to achieve. The second challenged law is Minnesota’s requirement that absentee ballots be received by 8:00 PM on Election Day. In a favorable consent decree, Minnesota agreed to not enforce either of the challenged laws for the primary and general elections in 2020.