Alaska Senate: Supreme Court Will Allow Write-in Lists

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, prepares to file her write-in candidacy with the state division of elections Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Alaska Supreme Court “ruled late Wednesday that state election workers at polling places could provide lists of write-in candidates to voters who request them,” the New York Times reports.

The ruling, which could benefit Senator Lisa Murkowski, who is running a write-in campaign for re-election, reversed a decision by lower court judge earlier Wednesday.

In the lower court ruling, Judge Frank A. Pfiffner, of Anchorage Superior Court, ordered the state to stop providing the lists, which have been provided at polling places where early voting has begun. In at least one polling place, the lists, which include the senator and other write-in candidates for various races, had been posted inside voting booths.

Although the high court “later ruled that the state could continue to provide the lists, it said it could no longer include write-in candidates’ party affiliations or any other information about them.”

(credit image – daylife/associated press)

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