Challenge to write-in list in Alaska dropped

Posted: Tuesday, November 02, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Plaintiffs who filed a federal challenge to the state's new practice of providing lists of write-in candidates to Alaska voters have dropped their lawsuit.

The lawsuit, brought by voters who included supporters of Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller, claimed the state changed the way it conducted elections by providing lists to voters who request them for the Senate race - and did so without required approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Miller's GOP rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is running as a write-in.

In a filing Monday, plaintiffs' attorney Kevin Clarkson said the DOJ has provided a copy of what it approved for the state. That showed the list was valid provided it didn't include party affiliations, rendering the suit moot.

The Supreme Court on Friday held that lists could be provided - in limited cases to meet a voter's needs - but couldn't include party labels.

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