Abdurrahman v. Dayton

Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nominates man to be part of the electoral college, and he pledges he’ll vote for the Democratic candidate if she wins Minnesota’s general election. She indeed wins, but, contrary to his pledge, man Feels the Bern and attempts to cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders. Minnesota officials decline to accept his ballot and instead turn to a substitute elector who voted for Hillary Clinton. Does this violate the Twelfth Amendment? We can’t say, says the Eighth Circuit, as this case is moot thanks to the man’s failure to proceed expeditiously with his claim.

Tags: 2018, Campaigns, Eighth Circuit, Electoral College, Mootness, Twelfth Amendment

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