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Friday, November 12, 2010

Alaska Senate race could hinge on a legal wrangle "The outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alaska may well turn on a legal standard established by a state election so hotly contested it was eventually decided by a coin toss.
After a recount, two lawsuits and much hand-wringing, the 2006 balloting was still a tie. But despite the coin-flip ending, the case firmly established the state's approach in deciding disputed write-in ballots. 'We have consistently emphasized the importance of voter intent,' a court ruled.
In the current race between Republican Joe Miller and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, the Republican incumbent, legal experts say that Miller will probably have a hard time disputing write-in ballots just because of slight misspellings."

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