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Active Cases

Minnesota Redistricting Challenge

Sachs v. Simon

Lawsuit brought by individual voters challenging Minnesota’s legislative and congressional district maps following the release of 2020 Census data. Petitioners ask the Court to declare Minnesota’s current legislative and congressional district maps unconstitutional and implement new maps that adhere to the constitutional requirement of one-person, one-vote. A special redistricting panel has been appointed to hear and decide the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Second Congressional District Election Contest (Dakota County)

Kistner v. Simon

Election contest filed in Dakota county by a group of Republican federal and state candidates and individual voters seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election on the claim that the inclusion of absentee ballots in the county’s results was illegal. The contestants filed a second petition asking to review physical ballots and voting machines. The state district court dismissed the case with prejudice. The contestants appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court, but then voluntarily dismissed their appeal.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Election Certification Challenge

Kistner v. Simon

Lawsuit filed by Minnesota state legislators, candidates and individual voters seeking to delay the certification of the presidential election results in the state. The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed the petition.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Second Congressional District Defensive Intervention

Overby v. Simon

Lawsuit filed by third-party candidate in Minnesota’s second congressional district election after her name was not added to the  ballot to replace the third-party’s original candidate who had died. The current representative for the district, Angela Craig, and an individual voter successfully intervened in the case. The court denied the plaintiff’s request for injunctive relief and subsequently granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Mail Ballot Segregation Intervention

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Simon

Lawsuit filed by the Trump Campaign, Minnesota GOP campaign groups and an individual voter seeking to segregate all mail ballots arriving after 8 p.m. on Election Day. The Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans and individual voters intervened in the case, which was dismissed soon after being filed.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Second Congressional District Postponed Election

Craig v. Simon

Lawsuit filed by Rep. Angela Craig (MN-02) and an individual voter challenging a Minnesota law that meant votes for the second congressional district would not be counted in the general election following the death of a major party candidate, leaving the seat open until a later special election. The district court granted a preliminary injunction, ordering the Secretary of State to count all ballots cast for the second congressional district, and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.

Impact

Minnesota 2008 Senate Recount

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

Election contest filed by the incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman and an individual voter challenging Democratic Senator Al Franken’s 2008 Senate win. The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the lower court in concluding that Franken received 312 more legally cast votes than Coleman and was therefore entitled to receive the certificate of election. This decision followed a six-week manual recount after Coleman and Franken’s initial certified results had a margin of less than a half percent difference.

Impact

Minnesota 2010 Governor Recount

In re: 2010 Gubernatorial Election

Petition filed by the Republican Party’s candidate for governor in Michigan seeking to invalidate the results of the election and start a recount focused on number of voter signatures listed on the polling place roster. The Minnesota Supreme Court denied the petition.

Impact

Minnesota Redistricting (2011)

Hippert v. Ritchie

Lawsuit filed by individual voters claiming that the Minnesota congressional and legislative districts were unconstitutional after the release of the 2010 Census data. The Minnesota Supreme Court appointed a special redistricting panel to hear the case, which found that the population was “unconstitutionally mal-apportioned among the state’s current legislative districts.” The court ordered the Minnesota Legislature to adopt the court-drawn maps in its order for future elections.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota Voter Assistance/Ballot Collection

DSCC v. Simon

Lawsuit filed by the DSCC and DCCC challenging a Minnesota law that limits the number of voters an individual may help complete or return their absentee ballots, 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 denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and the Minnesota Supreme Court denied a stay of the district court’s order pending appeal.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Minnesota COVID-19 Election Relief

LaRose v. Simon

Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund and individual voters challenging two restrictive vote-by-mail laws in Minnesota: one that required absentee ballots to be filled out with a registered voter or notary as a witness, and the other mandating that absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The complaint alleges that these laws place undue burdens on the right to vote, particularly during a pandemic when social distancing is in place, in violation of the Minnesota Constitution and the First and 14th Amendments. Minnesota agreed to not enforce either of these laws for the primary and general elections in 2020, and the case was dismissed.