The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party filed a legal challenge petitioning the Minnesota Supreme Court to remove Donald Trump and Mike Pence from the Minnesota ballot.
“It is apparent that clear errors occurred in the Republican process of selecting alternative electors for getting Donald Trump on the Minnesota ballot,” said DFL Chair Ken Martin. “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.”
In order to get their presidential nominees on the ballot the DFL and Republican parties are required to provide the Secretary of State with three sets of names: the party’s candidates for president and vice-president; the ten people nominated as presidential electors; and the ten people nominated as alternate presidential electors.
The Minnesota GOP did not elect to elect alternate presidential electors at the state convention earlier this year. After being notified that they had failed to provide the names of alternative electors by the Secretary of State’s office, Republicans decided to appoint alternate electors in a closed-door meeting rather than electing them. This is violation of state law.
A copy of the petition is here.