Democrats in Minnesota filed suit with the Supreme Court to get Republican nominees Donald Trump and Mike Pence thrown off the ballot for the general election Friday.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party formally filed the petition, claiming that an obscure electoral law makes Trump’s presence on the ballot illegal.
“It is apparent that clear errors occurred in the Republican process of selecting alternative electors for getting Donald Trump on the Minnesota ballot,” DFL Chair Ken Martin said in the official statement. “It is incumbent upon political parties to follow the rules binding our elections and in this instance it does not appear that the Minnesota Republican Party did so.”
The Minnesota state Republican Party discovered late August that Trump didn’t appear on sample ballots handed out to early voters. Trump reportedly called the state party, ordering them to fix the issue.
The party fulfilled the signature requirements, elected the required number of delegates to the electoral college, but failed to elect any alternate delegates. The state GOP then convened a special meeting to elect alternate delegates. The special election was ruled a legal substitute for a statewide convention, but Democrats argue the law should be applied evenly to both parties.
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