The last hurdle is a federal court stay on the election certification. The Anchorage Daily News reported that U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline gave Miller two days to decide whether to continue his fight in federal court.
“We do not interpret the statute to require perfection in the manner that the candidate’s name is written on the ballot,” the decision stated. “In light of our strong and consistently applied policy of construing statutes in order to effectuate voter intent, we hold that abbreviations, misspellings, or other minor variations in the form of the name of a candidate will be disregarded in determining the validity of the ballot, so long as the intention of the voter can be ascertained.”
The Miller campaign has not yet decided what it will do.
“We are disappointed the Alaska Supreme Court has ignored the plain text of Alaska law and allowed the Division of Elections to effectively amend the state election code, without even giving the public an opportunity for notice and comment,” Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto said in a statement. “We are reviewing the court's ruling and will be weighing our options.”
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.