Lt. Governor Responds to Vote Tampering Allegation

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Lieutenant Governor Craig Campbell is responding to a complaint by the Miller campaign of alleged vote tampering at the Mat Su Division of Elections office. An attorney for the Miller campaign, Thomas Van Flein, wrote a letter to the Division of Elections yesterday accusing a Murkowski campaign observer of accessing election information on a state computer. Campbell says the full review of the incident is not complete. But he has determined the security of the voter system could not have been compromised.

The complaint also accuses the observer of trying to bring a back pack into the ballot observation room. Campbell says that claim appears to be true, but election officials stopped him. The Miller campaign says the observer also tried to use his smart phone from inside the observation room, which is prohibited. Campbell says it looks like that complaint is true.

Campbell says the full inquiry into the matter should be complete soon. Until then, he says its too early to say what type of repercussions may be in store for the observer or the Murkowski campaign. He says it’s unusual for the Division of Elections to have to investigate these types of allegations.

Campbell denied a request by the Miller campaign to station state troopers at the election offices where vote counting is taking place today.

Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

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