Sen. Lisa Murkowski Gets A Boost from Alaska Court Decision Allowing Write-in Lists

Oct 28, 2010 10:28am

ABC News' Huma Khan reports: In a significant victory for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Supreme Court decided Wednesday that voters can look at list of certified write-in candidates when they go to the polls.

Murkowski had campaigned hard to keep the lists in voting sites. After all, the incumbent senator’s name isn’t the easiest to spell, and the Division of Elections is divided on whether a misspelled name will actually count.

The state’s Democratic and Republican parties joined efforts to oppose the move. The Alaska Republican party had called it “inappropriate” and charged that it was “inherently unfair” to change the rules.

The ruling allows voters who need help remembering names of write-in candidates view a list before they vote. The list, however, does not include the candidate’s party affiliation.  

The issue erupted during early voting and gained even more momentum after a list of write-in candidates was posted at a voting location in Homer.

Murkowski and Republican candidate Joe Miller are in a tight race, and both campaigns are pulling out all stops just days before the election to boost their chances.

Today, Sarah Palin and her family will campaign for Miller in Anchorage, which will also feature – via video — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

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