Singer Bob Dylan probably has no interest in elective office, even in his home state of Minnesota. But one of his fans wrote in Dylan’s name for several offices. Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota Tom Emmer’s campaign is challenging that ballot claiming the name “Bob Dylan” is an identifying mark…meaning Bob Dylan wrote his name on the ballot which is not allowed in Minnesota. And therefore the vote on the other side of the ballot for Emmer’s Democratic opponent Mark Dayton should not be counted.
The challenge is one of several thousand RepublicanTom Emmer’s campaign has made during the recount of the Minnesota Governor’s race. Most of those challenges have been disallowed as “frivolous”. This “Dylan” ballot will actually get further review by the State’s Canvassing Board later this month. Emmer trails Dayton by about 9,000 votes out of 2.1 million cast.