Minnesota Election Judge Petition

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I am an election judge for the November 8, 2016 election.

I have a duty to apply the law of Minnesota which prohibits ineligible people from voting.

Minnesota’s election officials wrongly instruct election judges to allow certain classes of persons, determined before the elections to be ineligible, to rebut their status and to self-certify they are eligible to vote. These individuals classified on the precinct rosters as “challenged – felon”, challenged – guardianship” and “challenged – citizenship” are not permitted by Minnesota law to alter their eligibility to vote. The status of these voters is, by statute, not subject to revision at the election judge level. MN Statute 201.155/157, 201.15, and 201.158 specifically task the county auditor to change the voter status.

Minnesota election judges are directed to act illegally when they follow the Minnesota Secretary of State 2016 Election Judge Guide and allow these ineligible felons, wards and non-citizens to vote after self-certifying their eligibility.

Minnesota election officials act illegally when they interpret Minnesota Statute section 204C.12 – which is limited to challenges to when a judge has personal knowledge or reasonably believes a voter may be ineligible. It does not apply to voters whose status (as felon, ward or non-citizen) has already been determined.

Therefore, I join in this petition calling for all election judges in Minnesota to refuse to follow the Minnesota Secretary of State 2016 Election Judge Guide requiring election judges to provide ballots to ineligible persons marked “challenged – felony”, “challenged – guardianship” and “challenged – citizenship”, even if they wish to self-certify as to their eligibility. To do so would be to allow an ineligible person to illegally vote at the November 8, 2016 election and would violate my election judge oath.

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