Defying the odds, Trump has turned Minnesota into a swing state. Although it hasn’t gone for a Republican since 1972, it seems things are changing.
(Ronald Reagan didn’t even win the state in his 49-state landslide in 1984.)
Trump lost the state to Clinton in 2016 by only 1.5 points. And since this summer, it looks like Minnesota voters might be eager to back the Trump train this time.
Democrats have been scrambling to come up with a way to prevent a Trump landslide. But a new federal court order may have just just upended their ace in the hole.
From Minnesota Lawyer:
Minnesotans’ mailed absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day or they likely will not count.
That is the 2-1 ruling of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which arrived late Thursday…
The ruling orders Simon to set aside all ballots that arrive by mail after Nov. 3, so they can be subtracted from vote totals “in the event a final order is entered by a court of competent jurisdiction determining such votes to be invalid or unlawfully counted.”
A federal court ruled that Minnesota ballots must arrive on Election Day or they will not be counted in the main grouping.
It remains unclear what will happen to these ballots after the fact, but this is a first step. Minnesota Lawyer is claiming they will likely not count, but that has not been officially decided at this point.
Democrats are urging people—after telling them to mail in their ballots—to quickly hand them in person before it’s too late.
There have been several court battles that have ruled to prevent delayed counting of ballots. A few states will still be able to count for days afterward, such as Pennsylvania, which will not be counting their mailed ballots until the morning after Election Day.
Over the summer, Democrats launched a campaign to get people to vote by mail. The goal was to get as many Americans to request ballots as possible. But this can create major issues to the system for votes that are mailed too close to Election Day.
Republicans have won numerous challengers on this, though not all. Many judges are requiring ballots arrive on Election Day, no later, although certain states still allow them to arrive late if they are postmarked by Election day.
So far, we’ve seen record numbers of early voters in states across America. It seems unlikely that late ballots, in any state, will be enough to change the results from Election Night.
And with Trump making inroads in a state shaken by riots and Democrats like Ilhan Omar, he just might take it.
- A federal court ruled ballots in MN must arrive by Election Day at 8 PM to be counted in the main grouping.
- Record numbers of voters have already cast their ballots in this election.
Source: Minnesota Lawyer