Friday, September 18, 2020

Alaska State Trial Court Enjoins Printing Alaska Ballots Until Party Label Controversy is Settled

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On September 17, Alaska Superior Court judge Jennifer Henderson enjoined Alaska from printing its ballots until the controversy over party labels is settled. There will be a hearing on September 18, at 10:30 a.m., to settle the label issue. Here is the 5-page order in Galvin v Fenumiai, 3AN-20-7991.

There are two types of candidates who were hurt when the Alaska Director of Elections arbitrarily ruled recenty that party affiliations of candidates should not be on the ballot. The lawsuit was brought by a Democratic Party nominee who wants her independent affiliation noted on ballots, as it was in 2018 when she was running for the same office, U.S. House. But the Director did even more damage to the nominees of unqualified parties, by removing their party labels and instead printing “petition candidate.”

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