In the hotly contested DFL primary in 59B, these are what appear to be the results of yesterday's vote:
RAYMOND DEHN 876 37.12%
IAN L ALEXANDER 627 26.57%
TERRA COLE 857 36.31%
But on the North Talk Facebook forum there is a livid discussion about dirty campaign tricks used by the Raymond Dehn camp, click here for documentation. Word is Terra Cole has not conceded, but this is not confirmed and could change by morning. Given the margin of victory, there is no automatic recount. Any recount would have to be paid for by a losing campaign and these things don't come cheaply.
Considering the dirty tricks that CAN be seen, this blogger wonders aloud about dirty tricks that CAN NOT be seen. Therefore...
...this blogger calls for a public examination of the voter rosters showing who voted and what address they list as their current home in 59B. If I can obtain these documents in PDF form I will publish them on this blog for public examination and commentary. Publication elsewhere such as the Star Tribune, the North by Northside blog or WHEREVER is just fine, too.
Frankly I don't care HOW the public examination takes place, but I certainly want it to happen.
I would have preferred to see Ian Alexander win. Between thug hugger Raymond Dehn and the not very experienced Terra Cole, I don't feel like I have any dog in this fight and I lose either way.
However, rumors have been relayed to me of individuals appearing at more than one polling place, specifically in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. This could be innocent activity as voters are directed from one place to another in a legitimate way.
Or it might not be.
A public examination of the signed voter rosters will help to clear up whether this was a fair contest.
Let it happen.