A judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt to salvage a proposed amendment to the charter on the future of the police in Minneapolis, ruling just days before early and postal voting begins in the town where George Floyd died in custody on sight that any vote on the matter will not count.
Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson said the new wording “does not ensure that voters are able to understand the essential purpose of the proposed amendment. It is unreasonable and misleading. “
A call at the 11th hour is expected. The Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign, which has spearheaded the campaign for the amendment, has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court in advance to hear an expedited appeal in the event of the loss.
The proposal has its roots in the “defund the police” movement, which gained momentum after Floyd’s death last summer sparked protests, civil unrest and a nationwide reckoning on racial justice.
City council updated the language last week, just hours after Anderson ordered wording earlier on the ballot because it was “vague, ambiguous and incapable of being implemented.”
The ballots are currently with the printer. Anderson’s order allows the use of ballots containing the question, but prohibits election officials from counting votes on the question.
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