Joe Miller Tries to Suppress Misspelled Write-In Votes for Murkowski
As Joe Miller trails behind write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski in the race for Alaska's Senate seat, the Palin-endorsed Republican is resorting to poker tactics that could discount the will of his state's citizens. Hoping to ramp up his own standing in the ongoing vote count, which has already collected absentee ballots, Miller is suing to block votes that misspell Murkowski's name, saying the state law leaves no room for variations on the spelling. As of Tuesday, Miller was behind Murkowski by 11,333 votes.
Miller's camp is attempting to stop the state from "counting or otherwise accepting as valid any write-in ballots in which the name of the candidate is spelt incorrectly, or on which the name of the candidate is not written as it appears on a write-in declaration of candidacy.”
Murkowski's campaign responded by saying the spelling clause would eliminate legitimate votes for Murkowski. "They're trying to discount as many votes as possible from Alaskans," said her campaign manager Kevin Sweeney––votes that would likely tip the scales in Murkowski's favor:
The state also has more than 12,200 questioned ballots to count starting Friday, depending on how many are determined eligible. But, unless there is a serious issue with the write-in ballots, it looks like Murkowski is in a good position to win.
"We remain confident that Sen. Murkowski will be heading into the write-in process with sufficient margins and will hold enough of a lead to have victory by the end of the week," Sweeney said.
Lawyers for Miller have requested a hearing in front of a federal judge on the matter today. Read more at the Anchorage Daily News.