Minor misspelling won't spoil ballot

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010

JUNEAU - The overseer of Alaska elections says he doesn't expect that minor misspellings will disqualify write-in ballots for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell tells The Associated Press that officials do not want to disenfranchise any voters and that he suspects, if there's a minor misspelling of, say, Murkowski, that those ballots will be counted for her.

But he says the farther a ballot gets from including either her last name or Lisa Murkowski, the more difficult it will be for ballot counters to determine voter intent - and the more likely it will be for those ballots to be challenged, particularly if the race is tight.

Murkowski, who lost the GOP primary, officially filed as a write-in candidate Wednesday.

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