ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesotans can vote for Donald Trump, afterall. On Thursday, the Secretary of State’s office accepted the paperwork required for Trump to be on the ballot — after some anxious moments for supporters.
The Secretary of State had received filings from Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine on August 16. But the name, Donald Trump, was conspicuously absent ten days after the DFL filed. And the filing deadline is next Tuesday.
Michael Brodkorb, the former deputy chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, noticed Trump’s absence.
“This is the easy part, for a major political party, this is the easiest part, to get on a ballot. And they have found a way to complicate that,” Brodkorb told Fox 9. “And I think that’s indicative of the effort Republicans and Trump’s campaign are giving to Minnesota.”
Brodkorb believes it’s also possible the Minnesota Republican Party violated its own rules, and state law, when it submitted the name of alternate electors who were not nominated in the convention.
“I think questions remain within the party’s rules and procedures whether that’s permitted or not. I don't believe it is,” Brodkorb said.
David Schultz, who teaches election law at Hamline University, said it’s likely someone will challenge the filing, but courts will keep Trump on the ballot.
“It’s going to wind up in the courts if for no other reason than to create mischief for the Republican Party,” Schultz told Fox 9. “I think the Minnesota Supreme Court would probably err on the side of allowing the Republican Party and their electors, on the ballot.”
This is the current ballot in Minnesota. Trump/Pence to be added "shortly." pic.twitter.com/xPHJUWxbA6— Ted Haller (@TedHallerFox9) August 25, 2016
Presidential candidates on Minnesota ballot - 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Democratic)
Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley (Constitution)
Dan R. Vacek and Mark Elworth, Jr. (Legal Marijuana Now)
Alyson Kennedy and Osborne Hart (Socialist Workers)
Jill Stein and Howie Hawkins (Green)
"Rocky" Roque De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg (American Delta)
Evan McMullin and Nathan Johnson (Independence)
Gary Johnson and William Weld (Libertarian)
Trump campaign statement
"Mr. Trump will appear on the November ballot. The Minnesota Republican Party is working closely with the Minnesota Secretary of State's office to certify Mr. Trump's nomination and the state party's electors to the Electoral College, and will finalize his ballot placement today, in advance of the August 29 deadline."