Timmons v. Twin Cities Area New Party - Significance, Arguing Fusion, Impact
Michele L. Timmons, Acting Director, Ramsey County Department of Property Records and Revenue
Twin Cities Area New Party
A candidate running for office could not participate in elections as a nominee representing more then one political party. Minnesota's statute imposing prohibition of "fusion appearance" on a ballot, therefore, did not jeopardize associational rights.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Richard S. Slowes
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Laurence H. Tribe
Justices for the Court
Stephen Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter
Date of Decision
28 April 1997
Respondent's (New Party's) constitutional rights under First and Fourteenth Amendment were not violated by provisions of Minnesota's statute prohibiting "fusion" candidates. Statutory restrictions were held permissible.
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