Posted: November 2, 2010
Alaska Write-in Process Gets Go Ahead from U.S. Justice Department
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued this letter preclearing Alaska's process for providing a list of certified write-in candidates to voters. Because Alaska is covered by Section 5 of the VRA, any voting changes it makes have to be precleared before they can go into effect. The letter from Justice removes a legal roadblock to Alaska's write-in process, mooting a federal lawsuit claiming that the state was violating federal law by failing to get preclearance. But as noted here, the likelihood of an extended count -- and perhaps further litigation (now more likely in state court) -- remains high.