Governor Tim Walz’s mandatory mask mandate has
created a conflict between laws. Executive Order 20-81, issued July
22, makes it illegal to appear in public without a face mask;
however, Minnesota Statute 609.735 states that wearing face
coverings in public settings is also a violation of the law.
The Minnesota Voters Alliance, as well as a group
of Minnesota voters, have filed a complaint stating that this
combination of laws is suppressing political participation and
in-person voting in the upcoming elections. With Minnesota’s
primary being only 1 week away, Attorney Erick Kaardal is expecting
to have a hearing within the week.