Date set for Alaska Senate court arguments
December 2nd, 2010
03:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Date set for Alaska Senate court arguments

(CNN) - An Alaska state court judge has set a date for arguments in the case to resolve the dispute over the Alaska Senate race between incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate, and Tea-Party backed Republican candidate Joe Miller.

The arguments are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 8th, at 9 am Alaska time– 1 pm ET.

Miller is challenging the Division of Election's decision to ensure the state law which calls for write-in votes to match the name of the candidate is followed.

Miller has argued that Alaska law does not allow the counting of misspelled names on write-in ballots. The Division of Elections set guidelines before counting began that allowed for a voter's intent to be considered when determining whether to count a ballot for a write-in candidate.

After the court rules, he has said he wants a hand count of the ballots.

The Associated Press called the race for Murkowski a week after the election, when she had a 10,328-vote lead over Miller– that figure includes the 8,159 ballots contested by Miller observers. Not including those ballots, she has a 2,169-vote lead.

–CNN Political Coverage Director Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

Filed under: Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    Joe 'Momma' Miller should "man up!' and bow out gracefully. The AIP will just have to wait 4 years to get another candidate for senate. I do hope Joe gets someone to rent his DC apartment, though.

    December 2, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Jerry

    Man, this woman is so vindictive, and, ugly to boot! With all due respect, I think a good number of Alaskans need to have their heads re-examined.

    May the LORD look out after Alaska, PLEASE!

    December 2, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Marcus

    People, READ the last paragraph of the article above. To those who don't want to read it, here's the good part:
    'Not including those ballots, she has a 2,169-vote lead.'
    The 'those ballots' are the ones that Miller is challenging, which means that EVEN IF HE WINS THE CASE HE IS NOT ELECTED!!!!
    Waste of time, waste of (other people's) money and waste, WASTE!!!, of a good chance to honor the will of the Alaskan people!

    December 2, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Frankie

    As long as she still has the lead without the 8,159 votes, I say let the voters be disenfranchised. They'll remember how he felt about them the next time Miller runs for anything.

    December 2, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. courtiebabe

    The fact that Miller would put his state through this indicates he is not fit for office. Stop it! You lost fair and square, stop acting like a child stomping it's foot.

    December 2, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I guess Miller doesn't know how to spell his own name if he thinks it's spelled like Murkowski's. LOL

    December 2, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. AKLady

    What most non-Alaskans are not aware of is all the allegations that Mr. Miller and friends are throwing out there about voter fraud, ballot tampering etc, etc. yet have produced no supporting evidence. He keeps quoting law, but only part of the law, not the full content. The other issue is Mr. DeMint. It is known he does not like Ms. Murkowski. Mr. DeMint has not hidden the fact that monies are needed to suppoort Mr. Miller's legal fees for his law suits. Alaskans want it over, NOW. The big picture for the lower 48 to see, is DeMint is helping finance Mr. Miller so he can keep filing law suits. The law suits have delayed the election certification. If Ms. Murkowski is not sworn in on Jan 5, 2011, she loses her seniority, she loses her position on the Enegery and Natural Resource Committee. Google Mr. Miller's most recent comments. It is no longer about who won, he doesn't care. His goal is to show how the AK Election process is broken. His law suits are a delay tactic to strip Ms. Murkowski of her seniority and committe postion, to render her ineffective, as a more senior senator, to being low person on the totem pole. And the worse part is he is being supported and funded by Mr. DeMint and fellow TP Members. Even with the questioned ballots Ms. Murkowski has a 2,000 vote lead over Mr. Miller. His integrity and popularity in AK is below 0, he still has some supporters, but the man will never be elected to any position in AK after he has shown his true self.

    December 2, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. informed voter

    What a sore loser this Miller guy is. He takes after his mentor, Palin. This display of poor sportsmanship is a waste of our tax dollars, and Miller should have to reimburse Alaska when it's finally proven that he lost!

    December 2, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. NameEllie

    Miller is nothing but a sore LOSER!!!! It's people like Palin and her croonies who consistently BREAK the rules and cry FOUL play whenever it's convenient for them.

    But when the shoe is on the other foot, all of a sudden Miller can't take a dose of his own medicine!!!!

    These corrupt Republicans are nothing but back-stabbing leeches sucking the integrity, decency and honor out if this great country of ours!!!

    December 2, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. george from alaska

    all i got to say is up here in alaska...where we know palin & her crew for real (not just some lower 48 fantasy) she can't win in her own state. we stomped her whacko senate candidate miller wiith write in votes.

    December 2, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. george from alaska

    palin wants to move our state capital near her home in wasilla at the economic destruction of thousands of juneau families. sarah lied about her position on this to the voters. her non-elected husband even called the top state republican to ask for this. does this sound like someone who is anti-goverment and pro-family to you?

    December 2, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. george from alaska

    anyone that even remotely thinks palin & miller are anything but egotistical political opportunists is quite frankly a fool!.

    December 2, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Jaywing

    My guess is that this will take all of about 30 minutes, since Miller's arguments are worthless and his hopes of getting elected are mathmatically zero. Maybe your babysitter, Sister Sarah the Quiter, will let you move in with her, Joe. You could become the new First Dud.

    December 2, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Dave

    Fiscal conservatism spending your money needlessly. Thank you repubs for sending this country into the abyss. That is the democrats you say, The GOP senate has stated that they will block any action that is not the tax extentions. What does that tell you while millions are losing benefits. Smarten up GOP your losing fans at the same rate as your constituents are losing thier unemployment benefits

    December 2, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. T'sah from Virginia


    It's all over NOW – Go HOME!!! Give it up!

    December 2, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. john

    I don't get it. Doesn't this guy lose even if he gets all 8,000 votes thrown out? This is a waste of tax payer money and a waste of his time.

    December 2, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. sammieb51

    Court??? Why are our candidates being selected by courts these days? Murkowski won as a write in Joe, get over it and move on. Loser should have to pay court costs on this deal – talk about a sore loser....

    December 2, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    Every picture of Murkoski I see reminds me of one of those humanoid lizard monsters in sci fi movies... I'm watching for that split tongue to whip out of her mouth and slurp up something.

    December 2, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. seebofubar

    Regardless of who comes out on top....who's face would you want to look at for the next 4 yrs?

    December 2, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. artraveler

    Is this lack of math and science knowledgea Tea Bag thing? Even if all the contested ballots are thrown out, Miller still loses by 2169 votes. What makes this hard to understand? Hopefully, the court will throw all the costs on to Miller personally.

    December 2, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |