Only 828 Ballots Rejected in Write-In Count So Far

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The latest results from the Division of Elections this afternoon show Lisa Murkowski is now getting – without any challenges –  more than 90 percent of the write-in votes cast last week in her bid to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate.

Observers for Republican nominee Joe Miller have challenged another 9 percent of the votes, but most of those have been turned down by state Elections officials.

Those 4,300 challenged ballots could end up being recounted in court if Miller decides to contest the results.  At issue is whether Murkowski’s name is perfectly written, spelled correctly and legible.  So far, after nearly three days of counting, only 828 ballots have been rejected for being improper.

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