Skip to comments.Mystery ballot could sway control of Alaska state government
Posted on 11/29/2018 4:41:49 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
JUNEAU, Alaska It's a sign that every vote does count.
A single mystery ballot found on a precinct table on Election Day but not counted then could decide a tied Alaska state House race and thwart Republican efforts to control the chamber and all of state government.
The ballot arrived in Juneau last Friday in a secrecy sleeve in a bin with other ballot materials. Officials were investigating its origins and handling before deciding whether to tally it.
"People kept calling it close," Democrat candidate Kathryn Dodge said of the race for the House seat in Fairbanks. "I just didn't know it was going to be squeaky."
A recount is scheduled for Friday after the race between Dodge and Republican Bart LeBon was previously certified as a tie, at 2,661 votes apiece. The uncounted ballot appears to be marked for Dodge.
The outcome will have big political implications. If LeBon wins, Republicans will control the state House in addition to the state Senate and the governor's office.
If Dodge wins, the House would be split 20-20, between Republicans and the remnant of a coalition that is largely comprised of Democrats but includes two Republicans.
For the candidates, it's been a three-week rollercoaster ride marked by lead changes before the tie was declared and by the appearance of the mystery ballot.
Elections director Josie Bahnke said she wants to ensure that every vote cast by an eligible voter is counted.
Dodge, a former member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, said it appears the ballot was not put through the scanner on election night. She believes it's valid and should be counted.
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The old mystery ballot trick.
If it weren’t for mystery ballots, the Democrats would have no ballots at all.
Ballot box found in a floating car trunk? Oh brother.
Weve seen it all before.
Mystery ballots are always for the Democrat.
Why dont the Alaska state police check it for fingerprints and possibly DNA. This magical appearance is simply too convenient.
How convenient Democrats always win at the last minute.
Mystery ballots are always 103% for D’s....
its an amazing fact, isn’t it?
Funny how those mystery ballots, found ballots, late ballots, and dead person’s ballots are ALWAYS for Demorats.
How long do we put up with this before we get violent?
Finger print it.
I lived in Juneau for 25 years. It’s well known for back room deals, bribery, malfeasance, graft, and about 8 feet of rain every year. Good fishing and beautiful scenery, though.
The crazy thing about ‘Rats, it was probably hefty fraud to begin with to create the tie. And now this?
I see a pattern:
Create the crisis for which they have the ready agenda-helping solution.
Check any fibers on it against fibers in Al Franken’s car trunk.
after the results have been certified ? scratchin my head how an uncounted ballot can now be counted in a re-count ?
By all means the ballot needs to be counted, otherwise this will be voter suppression and it's worst!!
Because it would be racist not to count it.
The citizens of Alaska should rise up and not allow this obvious theft. Demand a new election with strict rules and no early voting.
Chain of custody/evidentiary rules should apply - anything dubious or without clear provenance gets thrown out as an ineligible or spoiled ballot.
As if we live under the rule of law.
23 days after the election, and Democrats are STILL VOTING.
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