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Sen. Dziedzic, Rep. Jordan, and Rep. Noor on the Minneapolis ballot question initiative

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted a petition for accelerated review of a district court's ruling that blocks a ballot question on public safety. The court requested paperwork by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The amendment to the city’s charter would replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. A Tuesday ruling by Judge Jamie Anderson found that the language in the ballot question approved by the Minneapolis City Council didn’t allow voters to understand the essential purpose of the charter amendment, and was “unreasonable and misleading.”

Senator Kari Dziedzic, Representative Sydney Jordan, and Representative Mohamud Noor (DFL-Minneapolis) release this statement on the ballot question initiative:

“In a democracy, we debate issues and then vote on them. It is our hope that the Minnesota Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing this question to be voted on by the public. Whether you believe in the ballot initiative or not, you should be able to exercise your right to vote on the future of our community and the public safety of it.”