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Minnesota courts again turn back push to restore felon voting rights

 

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

Elizer Darris, one of four plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to restore felon voting rights, spoke at a Restore the Vote rally on the steps of the Capitol in 2019.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals this week became the second court in two years to reject a lawsuit seeking to restore voting rights to Minnesotans who are on felony probation sentences.

The suit was filed against Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon in 2019 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on behalf of four Minnesotans serving long felony probation terms. It placed Simon, a vocal proponent of restoring voting rights to all non-incarcerated felons, in the awkward position of defending the constitutionality of a law he wants changed.

But in an interview Tuesday, Simon said the Legislature, not the courts, should be the venue for restoring such rights.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-courts-again-turn-back-push-to-restore-felon-voting-rights/600061149/

 

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