ANOKA, Minn. -- After fighting for years for the right to vote, two Minnesotans are suing to prevent that right from being yanked out from underneath them. 

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Legislature decided to restore the right to vote to 50,000 people with felony convictions who were out of prison and living in the community. Jennifer Schroeder and Elizer Darris were among those instrumental in helping win that right – and among the very first in the state to register when voting became legal on June 1. 

Now the Minnesota Voters Alliance (along with three individuals) seek to revoke that right and silence the voices and the vote of thousands. MVA filed suit in June challenging the new law, contending it violates the state Constitution, and the Legislature didn’t have authority to end the ban. 

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Minnesota and pro bono co-counsel Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP asked Anoka County District Court today to let them intervene on behalf of Schroeder and Darris to defend the new voting re-enfranchisement law.  


Teresa Nelson and David McKinney, ACLU-MN; Julie Ebenstein and Sophia L. Lakin, ACLU; Craig S. Coleman, Jeffrey P. Justman, Evelyn Snyder, Erica Abshez Moran, Ehren M. Fournier, and Cassidy J. Ingram, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Date filed

August 31, 2023


State of Minnesota, Tenth Judicial District, Anoka County District Court


Thomas R. Lehmann



Case number

File No. 02-cv-23-3416