With about 10,000 more write-in ballots to be counted, Joe Miller leads by around 9,000 votes among uncontested ballots. There are about 7,000 contested ballots that appear to be for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, but have her name misspelled or other discrepancies.
The state will also count about 10,000 absentee and overseas ballots today. “If previous trends hold for the absentee ballot count, it is possible for Joe to gain as many as 1,000 votes against Lisa Murkowski tomorrow,” said Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto in a statement.
“Lisa Murkowski spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on her spelling bee ad making it very clear that she knew what standard was expected and what had been applied for decades in this state prior to her write-in bid,” said DeSoto in a statement. “She spent tens of thousands of dollars on wristbands, pencils, brochures, and temporary tattoos emphasizing the need for proper spelling. She even convinced the Division of Elections to provide (and went to court to make sure it continued to provide), for the first time in 50 years and, in violation of its own regulations, a write-in list so that voters would know how to spell her name properly. Then, the Division of Elections took the extraordinary step of changing the standard, just 36 hours prior to the start of the count to a newly created ‘voter intent’ and/or phonetic standard.”
“The integrity of the vote is at issue,” he added. “The people of Alaska need to know the law is king, and just because you’re a Murkowski doesn’t mean that the rules get changed to your benefit.”