August 7, 2022

Alaska Supreme Court rules special election can continue

The Supreme Court of Alaska just gave the state’s special primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives the go-ahead to move forward, Fox News reports.ย 

This has to do with the crowded, 48-candidate race for the late Rep. Don Young’s (R-AK) U.S. House seat. A legal battle recently broke out over ballot access for the visually impaired.

The lawsuit was brought against state election officials by Robert Corbisier, the executive director of Alaska’s State Commission for Human Rights. Corbisier’s basic argument was that adequate voting means have not been provided for people with visual impairments and that certification ought to, therefore, be delayed until such means are provided.

Initially, the Superior Court ruled in favor of Corbisier, holding that the results of the special primary cannot be certified until visually impaired voters get a “full and fair” opportunity to cast their ballots.

This, though, resulted in an appeal from state election officials, which is how the case got to Alaska’s supreme court.

On Saturday, the high court reversed and vacated the lower court’s ruling. The state supreme court did not explain its decision, although an explanation, according to the court, will be provided at a later date.

What this means is that the election will be able to continue on schedule.

Thus far, over 100,000 votes have been counted, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is in the lead with 29.8% of the vote. Second place is Nick Begich (R) with 19.3%. But, it ought to be noted that it is not known how many votes are outstanding.

The top four candidates will move on to a special election that will be held in August. The winner, decided by ranked-choice voting, will serve out the remainder of Young’s term, which comes to an end this January.

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