November 9th, 2010
10:48 PM ET
12 years ago

Alaska's write-in ballot count to begin Wednesday despite challenge

(CNN) - Alaska election officials will begin counting write-in ballots Wednesday despite a federal court challenge by the campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, state director Gail Fenumiai said.

The complaint filed in federal court Tuesday afternoon asks Fenumiai's office to "adhere" to state law in the counting of write-in ballots, limiting what the suit called "subjective" voter intent rules that were issued this week.
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  1. John

    like SARAN PALIN always say is ,Joe Miller MAN-UP you lost get over it. At lease you didn't QUIT.

    November 9, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. goforit

    Yea, because a slight miss spelled name shouldn't count right? The will of the people yea right. Another sore loser.

    November 9, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. CBH

    Miller is such a corrupt person. The most outragous thing about his campain and election is the amount of idots that voted for him. What the heck is going on with all these people supporting these Tea Party nuts?!!!

    November 9, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. aroth

    So the Tea Party is all about smaller government...except when one of their candidates is in danger of losing an election and decides to run to big brother for help.

    Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss.

    November 9, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  5. arch

    The write in ballots should have to have the name of the person spelled correctly or it isn't counted. They should also have to show the piles of ballots of all the different write in people. In other words there should be extra caution taken in counting these votes.

    November 9, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. VelvetLedbetter

    Well, of course he did! He's afraid he's losing the election so he needs to find a way to win on a technicality – that's the way of all entitled bullies . . . regardless of which side of the aisle to which they aspire.

    November 9, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. Steve

    Joe Miller's lawsuit seeks to turn this into a spelling bee. Too bad this is an election, and not a spelling competition. Miller can't win in a general election, and his sour grapes show through. Typical tea party scum.

    November 10, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. Rick

    Sounds like a frightened little man

    November 10, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  9. John Barry

    You've got to love those repuglicans who claim in one breath that every vote should count and in the next breath want to scrutinize those votes from citizens legitimately registered to vote. Poor baby!

    November 10, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  10. Lone Rider

    Come on guys, you cant change the rules in the middle of the "game" !!

    November 10, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  11. Dennis from Millbrae

    Welcome to OUR Constitution and democracy Joe where Alaska Independent Party rules don't apply.

    November 10, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. DanteX

    What A LOSER.

    TYPICAL Republican.

    "l Believe In Limited Government!" and "We Need To Stop All These 'Frivolous' Lawsuits!"

    Except when it is a Republican trying to STEAL yet ANOTHER election.

    November 10, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. MS

    Big shocker trying to steal the election are we? Joe Miler is a coward who can't even admit defeat.

    November 10, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. GaryB

    I wonder how many of Joe's Tea Party fans realize that Joe's law degree is from one of those "elitist" back-east law schools that they seem to hate so much. Funny how his supporters claimed that Murkowski was thwarting the will of the people, but now he's hoping to use the "letter" of the law to subvert the intent and will of the people.

    November 10, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  15. Not fooled

    Looks like calling him "Rock star" went to his head. If he is 13,000 votes behind I doubt a law suit will help. If he is so conservative why would he want to waste money like that?

    November 10, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    Write-in ballots must be counted if an election is to have any credibility.

    November 10, 2010 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Please give it up. You wonder why the people of AK didn't vote for you? It's funny how you think someone is cheating. Just because you lie and cheat yourself that doesn't mean that election officials are like you and your "friends".
    BTW where has the half term been ?How come she is not coming out on his defense. Oh yeah, right! They are giving her credit for creating the Earth but she couldn't get her boy toy elected right in her backyard. Only 300 people showed up at the rally she attended. Those are probably the only votes he received.

    November 10, 2010 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  18. King

    Hey i really wouldn't like to see none of you win but if I didn't have a choice I would go with the person that's more open minded rather one that is emerge in stupid ideologies and soul perpose is to see the president fail and it doesn't matter what the consequence to the country is.

    November 10, 2010 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  19. Birdwatcher1

    Palin's puppet is full of sour grapes. Get a grip. Murkowski won, you lost. You can't have what you want, and no tantrum by your former half-governor is going to make it better.

    November 10, 2010 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  20. Terry

    Well, at least we have one Republican trying to chew the arm off another Republican. Since the state of Alaska receives more Federal Earmarks and Federal Dole Funding than any other state, 98% of the United States is paying for this and all of the other lawsuits that will follow. Instead of the "hanging chads" as was the battle cry in Florida, we have the missing letters on write-in ballots. I look forward to the House and Senate eliminating all earmarks, and I look forward to Alaska coming off the Federal Dole. Please Alaska, sell that bridge and give our money back!

    November 10, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  21. stufthis

    Anti government candidate, Bagger Joe, should not have asked the federal government to get involved in his 'suppress the vote' attempt to steal the election. We can only hope that Joe did not sign a two year lease on his "C" street apartment in DC.

    November 10, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  22. Dave

    These are the same people who elected Palin as governor. I can't imagine their spelling skills are that great. Then again, voter intent shouldn't be too hard to figure out and voters shouldn't be disenfranchised just because they can't spell. Of course, Miller, in true conservative fashion, will want to supress as many votes as possible to weasel his way into office.

    November 10, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    In the words of that idiot who endorsed you Joe: "Man up!" You're going to lose this election and you can blame it on Silly Sarah.

    November 10, 2010 08:17 am at 8:17 am |