Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The State of Minnesota will be printing election ballots soon. The more candidates, the more voter confusion, the greater the risk the wrong person will be elected by mistake. The State has a legitimate interest in keeping elections fair and transparent. One method would be to limit the number of candidates. We already do that tto some extent, by requiring a certain number of signatures to get on the ballot, but there still are too many candidates who qualify. It’s reasonable to restrict the number of candidates for voter convenience. But not in a random or discriminatory manner; instead, the restriction should apply to candidates that have the fewest number of likely voters and therefore the least likelihood of being elected. Eliminating them from the ballot won’t affect the outcome of the election – they weren’t going to get elected anyway.
As it happens, those sure-loser candidates mostly are Republicans, who haven’t won elective office in the Twin Cities for decades. Republican candidates serve mainly to confuse and mislead voters which threatens the integrity of the elections. Henceforth, Republican candidates are banned in Minnesota.
It’s a restriction that is reasonably related to a legitimate government interest and therefore passes the “rational basis” standard of review for infringements on liberties protected by the Constitution. It’s every bit as Constitutional as this law:
And if the DFL manages to pass it, the Supreme Court of Minnesota won’t dream of challenging it.