The Senate campaign of Alaskan Republican, Joe Miller
, claims the Alaska's Division of Elections failed to meet its responsibilities today with regard to the transparent handling of what is sure to be a closely watched ballot counting process. They say they were surprised to find out that the Absentee Ballot validation process began today at 10 a.m.
The Miller Campaign was told of the news from a Republican Party member who was informed of the decision this morning. In response to this news, Joe Miller said, "Our goal is to uphold the integrity of the voting process. Every vote that is cast correctly should be counted. All Alaskans deserve a free, open and fair election. Unfortunately, the State Division of Elections has decided to call that process into question with the constant maneuvering of dates and procedures."
The Miller Campaign also renewed its vow to oversee the process to its conclusion, to ensure that the voters of Alaska have their rights protected. Miller added, "The State of Alaska has a statutorily defined election process, anything or anyone that deviates from that process is unsettling. It is fundamental that the public be informed of the ballot review schedule in advance. Our democratic voting process has at its foundation the Constitution and the statutes of this state, and any manipulation of this process for the purposes of expediency or convenience compromises those principles."
Spokesman Randy DeSoto added that "we don't know how many ballots were reviewed without public scrutiny." "The reason this is important,"added DeSoto, "is that the public needs to be assured that a voter did not vote twice, once by absentee ballot and once in person. This appears to be the only stage of the process where such double-voting can be eliminated."
The absentee validation is occurring across the state in various locations. It is unclear why the Miller Campaign was not notified about the decision to begin validation today.