Posted: October 27, 2010
Pre-Election Challenge in Alaska Senate Race
In a three-candidate race for US Senator from Alaska, lawyers from the Republican and Democratic parties have joined together to file a lawsuit against the State Division of Elections alleging that the division allowed write-in candidate lists to be handed out at polling stations, and in some cases actually posted inside the voting booths themselves. State regulations explicitly forbid materials about write-in candidates within 200 feet of a polling station. State Superior Court Judge Pfiffner issued an opinion this morning granting a temporary restraining order stopping the distribution of write-in candidate names at polling stations. This ruling also applies to the posting of candidate names in the polling stations and verbal communications from poll workers to voters.