ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Just hours after a morning hearing (Thurs), the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a voter challenge, meaning the state Republican Party is allowed to list only Donald Trump’s name on G-O-P primary ballots in March.
“To allow the parties to control the candidates limits the expression that voters are allowed,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Erick Kaardal.
But Assistant Attorney General Nathan Hartshorn told justices a presidential primary is different than any other election in Minnesota.
“It is procedurally a part of a political parties determination on a national level of whom that party is going to nominate nationally for President,” said Hartshorn.
State officials wanted a prompt ruling by the high court because absentee voting begins January 17th in Minnesota.