Case in point: Democrats in Minnesota are looking to remove Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from the state’s ballot, claiming that the Republican Party of Minnesota improperly put Trump’s name there to begin with.
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin submitted a legal petition to the state’s Supreme Court seeking to remove Trump’s name from the ballot.
Martin claimed that the Minnesota GOP “did not elect to elect alternate presidential electors” at the state’s convention earlier this year. After they failed to provide the names of alternative electors, they decided to appoint “alternate electors” in a closed-door meeting.
That process violated state laws, Martin’s statement read.
Michael Brodkorb, a former deputy Minnesota Republican Party chairman, took issue with Martin’s claim, pointing out on social media that the Minnesota GOP’s rules don’t allow for such a fix, as Martin’s suit insisted.
“Last night #MNGOP ‘appointed’ alternate electors to fix problem — BUT this isn’t allowed in #MNGOP constitution — so we have a mess,” Brodkorb said.
— Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) September 9, 2016
Whether Republicans complied with the law or not, there is no statute to specify any penalty for noncompliance. So, it could very well be a mess.
Martin’s petition followed a brouhaha in August when Trump and his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s name didn’t appear on the state ballot. Republicans worked quickly to resolve the situation.
It remained to be seen whether Democrats in Minnesota will succeed in removing Trump’s name from the ballot in November. It certainly isn’t surprising that they are stooping to this level ensure Trump doesn’t win the White House.