On September 7, the Hennepin County District Court granted a petition brought by Anthony Ostlund attorneys Joe Anthony, Norm Pentelovitch, and Cory Olson on behalf of three Minneapolis residents to correct the Minneapolis election ballot.
The Court also granted the residents’ motion for an injunction barring the Hennepin County Auditor from printing ballots with improper language on them.
The decision represented a complete victory on an important issue of public safety.
9/7/2021 StarTribune article, Judge rejects ballot language for Minneapolis Policing measure
9/7/2021 MPR News article, Judge rejects Minneapolis ballot language on policing
8/31/2021 Minnesota Lawyer article, 3 Minneapolis residents sue over policing ballot question
On August 30, Anthony Ostlund attorneys Joe Anthony, Norm Pentelovitch, and Cory Olson, filed a petition and motion for injunctive relief on behalf of three Minneapolis residents asking the Hennepin County District Court to enjoin the Minnesota Secretary of State and Hennepin County Auditor from distributing election ballots containing a misleading and incomplete ballot question approved by the City Council that, if approved, would eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department without any replacement.
The Petition also asks the Court to order that the City and City Council revise the language of the ballot question because the ballot question conceals from voters that within 30 days of approving the amendment the Minneapolis Police Department would be abolished, with no plan to replace its critical public safety functions.
If the Court does not grant this relief, Minneapolis residents will be irreparably injured by voting on a matter of critical importance without being presented with all the facts necessary to make such an important decision.
Read coverage about this important lawsuit here.