Update on the Alaska Write-in Case

by Hans A. von Spakovsky

As the 2010 election goes into its final inning, the wheels of justice are turning in the federal district court in Anchorage over the Miller–Murkowski Senate race. As I posted yesterday, a federal lawsuit was filed on Saturday over the Friday decision of the Alaska Supreme Court to approve a list of write-in candidates to be used in polling places. The federal court has told the defendant, the state of Alaska, to file a response to the request for a temporary restraining order by 1:00 today (5:00 p.m. EST), and the plaintiffs then have until 3:00 (7:00 p.m. EST) to file a reply. So, at some point late tonight, we can probably expect a decision from the court over the request for an injunction under the Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against the use of the write-in list.

Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow and manager of the Civil Justice Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation.