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Timmons v. Twin Cities Area New Party
United States Supreme Court
520 U.S. 351 (1997)
Minnesota forbade candidates from receiving nominations from multiple parties (called fusion candidacies). Historically, minor parties and candidates engaged in fusion candidacies to expand their reach. Sometimes, fusion candidacies aimed to factionalize major parties. Most states abandoned and ultimately prohibited fusion candidacies. Minnesota's law, which sought to avoid the adverse effects of fusion candidacies, applied to all parties. No intrusion into internal party apparatuses occurred. Third parties and independent candidates could still run in Minnesota's elections. The Court heard the claim of the New Party (plaintiff) that Minnesota's law violated its freedom of association under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)
Dissent (Souter, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
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