More than once in recent days, Dave Levinthal's had to warn City Hall Blog commenters to stay on topic and stop shouting, "Voter fraud!" in the District 1 Dallas City Council runoff pitting Delia Jasso against Justin Epker. Seems there's been a lingering question about whether 65-year-old Juana Rodriguez voted May 9 -- but only because, well, she's apparently been dead since February, which the Epker campaign says it discovered while going door-to-door in advance of the runoff election.
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Unfair Park contributor and former Observer'er Matt Pulle dutifully retraced their steps and came up with one of Rodriguez's kids, but no Juana else. A woman identifying herself as her daughter told Matt, "I've been advised not to speak. I'm not giving out any information." Jack Fink at KTVT-Channel 11 confirms that Dallas County Elections Supervisor Bruce Sherbet has forwarded a complaint to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's office. But Matt lathers up a far sudsier soap opera in which Domingo Garcia, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Elba Garcia and Dallas County Commissioner Ken Mayfield have supporting roles.