Campaigns, parties maintain focus on election

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The campaigns and political parties are taking a wait-and-see approach on monitoring the vote count in Alaska's Senate race.

While teams of poll watchers are being trained to watch for any irregularities Tuesday, campaign officials say their focus is fixed on the last days of the hotly contested race and turning out the vote.

The Republican and Democratic parties plan to have observers for the counting of absentee ballots - and write-ins, if necessary. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has mounted a write-in campaign, but the number of write-in ballots cast must meet a certain threshold for election workers to count the names written on them.

The state parties hope to receive from the state clear standards that election workers will follow in determining whether a write-in vote counts.

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