100 Alaskans sign up as write-in candidates
10:39 AM, Oct 29, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The other day the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that election officials could provide a list of write-in candidates to voters who asked for it (a lower court judge had ruled officials could not do this). In protest, more than 100 Alaskans have registered as write-in candidates:
It's a myth that a voter has to spell "Lisa Murkowski" correctly--the Alaska law determining voter intent is fairly broad. "If I am able to determine the voter's intent, then the ballot would be counted accordingly," Alaska Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai told the Anchorage Daily News. But it would be interesting to see what would happen if someone with the same last name had registered. The closest they've got among the 40 candidates listed now is Joe S. "Steve" Morawitz--so it looks like Murkowski's lost the "Lisa Morawitz" ballots for now.
Update: Ben Smith spots another "Lisa M." on the ballot--Lisa M. Lackey.