[EM] Minnesota Supreme Court Will Hear IRV Case

Kathy Dopp kathy.dopp at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 13:01:36 PDT 2009

  The Minnesota Voters Alliance Welcomes Supreme Court Review

            The Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order yesterday,
March 17, 2009, for the accelerated briefing and review of the
Minnesota Voters Alliance appeal from the District Court’s decision
finding the City of Minneapolis’ Instant Runoff Voting system of
elections constitutional.

            The Minnesota Voters Alliance sought accelerated review,
as did the City, by-passing the Court of Appeals process because of
the lower court’s apparent failure to follow established Supreme Court
precedent — law that only the Supreme Court can affirm or reverse.

            Meanwhile, the Alliance is confident the Supreme Court
will find IRV unconstitutional and reverse the lower court’s
acceptance and declaration:

·        that with an IRV system a voter who votes for his first
choice could harm the candidate’s chance of winning;

·        that other voters will have more of their votes counted than others;

·        that in the election tabulation a vote can be fractioned,
thus allowing the court to conclude — for the first time ever in state
law — that there is no guarantee or protection that a voter’s vote is
to be counted as a numeric “one” whole vote;

·        all of which do not violate the provisions of United States
and Minnesota Constitutions protecting the right to vote, equal
protection, or the principle of one-man, one-vote.

The State Supreme Court will likely announce the date of the hearing
shortly after the last brief is filed on April 17, 2009.

For more info, contact Andy Cilek 612.990.2533


Kathy Dopp

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