Appellant Jennifer Schroeder speaks during a February 2019 Capitol press conference. (Photo: Kevin Featherly)


MN Court of Appeals finds Minn. Stat. § 609.165 constitutional


The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a state law that restores felons’ voting rights only after they serve their full sentences—including probation. (Read the ruling here.)

Minn. Stat. § 609.165 does not violate appellants’ voting, equal protections or due-process rights under the Minnesota Constitution, the Court of Appeals ruled.

The panel’s unanimous ruling, written by Judge Matthew E. Johnson, was handed down Monday. The published opinion upholds a lower court’s ruling that rejected plaintiffs’ arguments, while granting summary judgment to Secretary of State Steve Simon.

Through counsel, appellants said they will appeal to the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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