March 4 is target for state review of elections

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011

JUNEAU — The state hopes to release findings of an internal review of its handling of the 2010 elections by March 4.

Michelle Toohey, a spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, confirmed the date to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The timeframe would allow for any proposed legislation stemming from the review to be introduced or pushed this session. The Legislature is scheduled to meet until April 17.

The chairman of the House State Affairs Committee has said he wants to wait for the review’s findings before advancing legislation that would change election law. Several lawmakers have introduced bills seeking to clarify how write-in votes are counted.

The review is being conducted by Treadwell’s office, the Division of Elections and the Department of Law.

Public comment is being taken until Feb. 18.

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