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Bohmann v. City of Minneapolis

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: November 18, 2008 / February 4, 2009
State: Minnesota
Issues: MN Senate race 2008, Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: District Court, Fourth Judicial District, Hennepin County (Case 27-CV-08-29078)


Whether plaintiff's absentee ballot and voter registration were properly rejected under Minnesota Election Law.


Complaint filed on 11/18/08. Disposition - Settled on 2/4.

Trial Court Documents

  • Complaint PDF (filed 11/18/08)
  • Notice of Motion and Motion (filed 11/21/08)
  • Order-Other (entered 1/22/08)
  • Notice of Dismissal without Prejudice (2/2/09)
  • Disposition - Settled (entered 2/4/09)


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Election Law Expert: Rigged Election 'Extraordinarily Unlikely'

Professor Edward Foley appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss the historical context of rigged elections and the unlikeliness that the general election will be tampered with this year.

“That state would have had to have been targeted ahead of time for rigging, and the attempt to rig it would have to go undetected. That's a lot to happen systematically and under the radar screen,” Foley said. “The new phenomenon is the risk of a cyberattack, and again, I think the risk of that is very low — as long as the voting machines are not hooked up to the Internet, and most states — as I understand it — most states do not hook up their vote-tabulating equipment to the Internet.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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