Observers Watching Absentee Ballot Count Closely

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

In another spat between the two campaigns, Joe Miller says the National Republican Senatorial Committee – or NRSC – has sent observers to Alaska to watch the absentee ballot count on behalf of Senator Murkowski. He says the committee shouldn’t be picking favorites.

The Associated Press is reporting that Murkowski asked the NRSC to send one of their top campaign lawyers to Alaska to help her campaign prepare for the vote counting. But her campaign spokesman, John Bitney says the NRSC lawyer is in Alaska for the committee, not the Murkowski campaign. He says the campaign is training its own volunteers to observe.

Despite repeated calls, the National Republican Senatorial Committee would not respond to questions from APRN, saying they’re “too busy.”  Miller reportedly has his own lawyer watching the ballot counting – Thomas Van Flein who also works for Sarah Palin.

The Division of Elections says it now has more than 20,000 absentee and questioned ballots that it will begin counting on Tuesday.

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