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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.

Court sides with incumbent in election dispute

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.

Attorneys for the city argued the Supreme Court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the matter. The court last week 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.

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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