- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled the City of Minneapolis can remove an election judge accused of favoring a legislative candidate.

The court sided with Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s assertion that election judge Fadumo Yusuf should be removed from her duties because she asked voters in Somali at City Hall whether they were supporting Kahn’s opponent, Mohamud Noor. Kahn’s complaint alleged Yusuf referred to Noor as “our Somali brother” and Kahn as “the old Jewish lady.”

Both candidates are Minneapolis Democrats.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1wuFvsK ) reported attorneys for the city argued the Supreme Court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the matter. The court on Tuesday issued an order denying the city’s motion.

Yusuf had already been moved away from direct contact with voters, so no further action was necessary, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote.

Omar Jamal, a Noor ally who is representing Yusuf, said Yusuf “hasn’t said anything close to what she’s being reported to have said.”

Noor’s mobilization of Somali-American delegates led to a deadlocked DFL convention, where no candidate won the endorsement. A primary election is next month.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com


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