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Minnesota State Constitution

Article VII


Section 1. ELIGIBILITY; PLACE OF VOTING; INELIGIBLE PERSONS. Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

Since 1857, until this year, in the State of Minnesota a person convicted of a felon lost their right to vote until they had served their sentence, (including prison time, probation, restitution, or paid fines), and then they could go through a process to attempt to restore their civil rights. The Democrats did not like that our Minnesota State Constitution clearly defines this restriction for convicted felons so they adopted new language in the Minnesota State Statutes that redefines how their civil rights are restored. Now unless a convicted felon is incarcerated they are considered to have their civil rights restored. This is contrary to the Minnesota State Constitution and is therefore considered an Unconstitutional Statute. There is a process for changing the Constitution which require bringing it to the voters on a ballot and/or calling for a Constitutional Convention. 

The Minnesota Supreme Court had already ruled that the Minnesota State Constitution does not guarantee convicted felons the right to vote, but the Democrats went ahead and passed this law anyway all the while virtue signaling that they were restoring civil rights to those that have been denied. Do they really care about the civil rights of those people, or are they more interested in the votes of the 55,000 additional people that can now vote?

Judge Quinn's Order


The new statute
as put forth by the Democrat majority in Minnesota, 2023

New Statute.png

Writ of Prohibition

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