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Federal judge upholds Gov. Walz's mask mandate at the polls

 

October 5, 2020

Elizabeth Flores – Star Tribune file

Election volunteer Dwane Martin sported some "I Voted" stickers on his face mask as he handed them out at Jimmy Lee Recreation Center in St. Paul on Aug. 11, 2020.

Minnesota voters must still don face coverings at the polls on Election Day after a federal judge refused to block Gov. Tim Walz's emergency mask mandate aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz, in a 35-page opinion issued Friday, wrote that a lawsuit brought by the Minnesota Voters Alliance and five conservative political activists had "no chance of success" in its claim that Walz's order violates the First Amendment.

"There is no question that Minnesota has the constitutional authority to enact measures to protect the health and safety of its citizens," Schiltz wrote.

https://www.startribune.com/federal-judge-upholds-walz-mask-mandate-at-the-polls/572625761/

 

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