Judge wants more info. in Alaska election lawsuit

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Posted: Oct 25, 2010 9:12 PM
Judge wants more info. in Alaska election lawsuit

An Anchorage judge has ordered court briefs to be filed before he decides whether Alaska election workers should continue providing voters with a list of write-in candidates.

The judge plans to rule by Wednesday in a case brought by the Alaska Democratic Party and joined by the Republican Party of Alaska.

They are seeking a restraining order to stop the Division of Elections from providing lists of write-in candidates to anyone who asks.

Early voting has started and incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated in the primary, is mounting a write-in campaign.

A state attorney argues the agency is providing assistance, not information, on how to vote. But lawyers for the parties say the lists are unprecedented and a violation of regulations.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Alaska Democrats and Republicans finally agree on something: The state Division of Elections should not be providing voters with a list of write-in candidates at polling places.

The Alaska Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Alaska sued the Division of Elections on Monday, seeking a restraining order to immediately halt election workers from providing lists of write-in candidates to anyone who asks.

The matter is crucial this year as incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated by Joe Miller in the August GOP primary, mounts a write-in campaign.

Attorney Thomas Daniel says state regulations are clear that information regarding a write-in candidate may not be "discussed, exhibited or provided" at the polling place.

A hearing in the matter is set for later Monday.