Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court on Monday, extending the legal process for contesting his loss against the wishes of Republicans in Alaska and Washington, D.C.
Miller is appealing Friday’s lower court ruling against his claims that the Division of Elections’ use of discretion when counting write-in ballots was unconstitutional. The Miller campaign claims the ruling “essentially modifies state law that previously required write-in ballots to match the candidate’s declaration form.”
The court also ruled against his claims of voter fraud, stating that Miller did not bring forth enough evidence.
“We have consistently asserted that the law should be followed strictly. The fact that the legislature stated that there should be ‘no exceptions’ to the ballot counting method is what, in our view, should govern this matter,” Miller said in a statement.
The state Supreme Court gave the Miller campaign until Monday to file its appeal. According to a release from the campaign, Miller’s opening brief is due Tuesday, the state’s opposition brief is due Wednesday and oral arguments begin Friday.
A federal court in Alaska still has an injunction issued keeping the state from certifying the election. It is expected to be lifted after the state Supreme Court rules on the case.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.