Judge throws out latest Minneapolis policing ballot language – By Liz Navratil (Star Tribune) / Sept 14 2021
Unless state high court rules, question will not be counted on fall ballot.
A Hennepin County judge on Tuesday barred elections officials from using the latest ballot language or counting votes this November on a proposal determining the future of Minneapolis policing, likely triggering appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
In a 17-page order, Hennepin County Judge Jamie Anderson struck down the ballot language for the third time in a month. City officials approved the latest version a week ago.
“The Court finds that the New Ballot Question does not ensure that voters are able to understand the essential purpose of the proposed amendment,” Anderson wrote. “It is unreasonable and misleading.”
Attorneys for Yes 4 Minneapolis, the group that wrote the proposal, and the city said they were in the process of preparing appeals to the state Supreme Court. Yes 4 Minneapolis attorney Terrance W. Moore said they “respectfully disagree” with the judge’s legal interpretation.