On September 11th, the Liberty Justice Center (LJC) and the Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC) jointly launched a new case challenging a controversial new Minnesota law that criminalizes core political speech.
On March 5, 2023, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed House File 28. The law includes a provision allowing the state to prosecute anyone who expresses disfavored opinions about Minnesotan voting laws within 60 days of an election. The plaintiffs argue that House File 28 violates Minnesotans’ free speech rights by outlawing speech about undecided legal questions, such as whether the state’s constitution allows felons the right to vote before their sentences have ended, rather than afterwards.
The lead plaintiff in this case, Minnesota Voters Alliance, is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization that aims to increase public awareness of election-related issues and to increase voter participation in elections. Alongside several other concerned citizens, the group is challenging House File 28, arguing that the state’s criminalization of political discussion about elections violates the First Amendment. The plaintiffs are represented jointly by the Liberty Justice Center, a national public interest law firm that litigates to protect constitutional rights throughout the country, and by the Upper Midwest Law Center, a leading public interest law firm fighting for the rights of Minnesotans.
Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Ellison was filed in the US District Court of Minnesota on September 11, 2023.