Case Regarding Release of Voter Data Goes to Minnesota Supreme Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5 (election day) at the Capitol in Cilek v. Office of the Minn. Secretary of State, et al. The Court will consider whether the Secretary of State's office must release certain voter data to the public under Minnesota's Data Practices Act, including whether a voter's status is active, inactive, or challenged, the basis for any challenge to a voter's registration, and voting history. Both a state district court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals have ruled that the information must be released. The Court of Appeals opinion is available here and the audio recording of oral arguments before the Court of Appeals is available here. An MPR News story about the case is available here. The plaintiff in the case is the executive director of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, which claims that Minnesota elections are plagued by widespread fraud and that the fraud skews in favor of DFL candidates.

The hearing will be held in the courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Capitol. However, seating is very limited and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Overflow seating will be available across the street at the Minnesota Judicial Center. Live video of the oral arguments may be viewed here.

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