UPDATE: I just heard on NPR that Kay Ek's name will not be allowed on the ballot. Welcome to the Legislature, Rep. Haws!
Early in the afternoon, the office of Attorney General Mike Hatch gave an opinion to Kiffmeyer that no replacement candidate could be put on the ballot. Kiffmeyer's office was studying the opinion but did not make an immediate comment.
"An individual who intentionally violates any provision of [the electoral laws] is guilty of a felony, unless a different penalty is specifically provided by law." (Minnesota Statutes 201.27, subdivision 3).One imagines that were Ek to be charged, the case would largely if not totally hinge on whether it could be proven that Ek intentionally committed electoral fraud. I don't have the time to do research (it's still finals week, after all), but I wouldn't be surprised if there were other laws dealing with the offense whether it was committed intentionally or unintentionally.