In 1963, after Elton Engstrom Sr.'s death, the four remaining Senate Republicans recorded their votes on Gov. William Egan's various nominees five times on the Senate floor. Even though that precedent's generally been ignored since that time, the Senate Democrats would still be prudent to honor it here.
However, the suggestion in Pat Forgey's article that the deliberations have to be in public because of the Open Meetings Act isn't correct. Under Alaska Statute 44.62.310(h)(3), the Open Meetings Act doesn't apply to the court system or the Legislature.