Joe Miller Files State Lawsuit Contesting Election Results

Court ordered that suit be moved from federal to state
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 8:34 AM CST
Joe Miller Files State Lawsuit Contesting Alaska Election Results, Lisa Murkowski Write-In Vote Count
In this Nov. 9, 2010 file photo, Republican Joe Miller speaks with reporters during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(Newser) – Joe Miller has moved his lawsuit from federal to state court, following a court order requiring him to do so. The lawsuit challenging Alaska election results is basically the same as the one he filed in Anchorage's US District Court Nov. 9, with a few additions, reports the Anchorage Daily News. He alleges that too many write-in votes were counted for Lisa Murkowski and legitimate votes for him were not counted.

His new claims: Voters without identification may have been allowed to take ballots, and the same person or people may have written in votes on multiple ballots. Now that Miller has filed suit in state court, the state cannot certify the election until the courts resolve the case. (And there is always the possibility that Miller will make another federal claim after that happens.) Murkowski, who will be sworn in Jan. 3 if the case is resolved by then in her favor, says she will intervene in the case. Click here for more on Miller's fight.
(Read more Lisa Murkowski stories.)

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