Judge: Voter Data is Public
Jennifer Lewerenz | Apr 15, 2019 AT 10:46 am
(AP) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that voter data sought by a conservative election watchdog group is public.
A Ramsey County judge ruled in favor of the Minnesota Voters Alliance last July, and the Court of Appeals upheld that decision Monday.
Much of the data in the Statewide Voter Registration System is public. The group sued to obtain data on millions of voters that the secretary of state's office contended was private. The data pertain to a voter's status including whether they've been challenged, the reason for that challenge and their voting history.
The courts agreed that the data is public under the state's open records law.
The alliance says it wants the data so it can assess how many ineligible people vote in Minnesota.
Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon says he expects to ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the ruling.