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Voters sue Walz to block face masks at Minnesota polls

Minnesota's primary is Aug. 11. Minnesota's primary is Aug. 11.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: August 04, 2020 09:42 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - A group of voters sued Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other officials on Tuesday to try to block a requirement that voters wear face masks at polling place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, backed by Republican lawmakers, argue that Walz’s mask mandate conflicts with a 1963 state law making it a misdemeanor for someone to conceal their identity with a mask.

The Star Tribune reports the group is seeking a federal court order to block the rule for people who vote in-person in next Tuesday’s primary.

In a statement, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said he stands behind “the legality and constitutionality” of Walz’s executive order.

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