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Minneapolis DFL throws out delegates in one council race; allegations raised in another

Concerns raised around vulnerability of virtual endorsing process


March 29, 2023

Dave Orrick, Star Tribune

Minneapolis City Council candidate Victor Martinez showed paper forms for delegates and other information on a tablet inside his home Tuesday. The Minneapolis DFL Party has decided not to accept many of Martinez's delegates because Martinez threw away the original paper forms.

The Minneapolis DFL Party has disqualified hundreds of delegates in a City Council race over concerns that their identities could not be verified.

Meanwhile, a candidate in a different council race is raising similar allegations, drawing scrutiny to the party's endorsing process, which is largely virtual this year.

What's at stake in both races is the official endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in a city electorate dominated by it. Both controversies have arisen over a stage in that endorsing process: candidates assembling delegates to vote for them at ward conventions that play a crucial role in the hoped-for endorsement.


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