WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard oral argument in Carson v. Simon. The case challenges the unlawful extension of the state’s absentee ballot deadline by Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Simon entered into a consent decree involving the left’s chief election litigator, Marc Elias, to count late ballots, including those that lack a postmark. This attempt to unilaterally rewrite state law violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution.  

Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project 

 “Every voter is entitled to participate in a free and fair election—at a minimum that means an election that follows the Constitution and the law. Secretary Simon’s decision to settle a politically charged lawsuit by counting late and un-postmarked ballots puts the election at risk, opens the door to abuse and fraud, and sets the stage for contentious post-election litigation. The best way to avoid these potential disruptions and preserve the credibility of the voting process would be to restore state law prior to election day. We are proud to support this effort to uphold honest elections in Minnesota.”