ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In the latest on the legal battle over whether write-in candidate lists should be made available to voters at the polls, the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments from the Alaska Division of Elections, the Lisa Murkowski Campaign, the Alaska Republican Party and the Alaska Democratic Party.
Four justices -- Dana Fabe, Morgan Christen, Craig Stowers and Daniel Winfree -- heard the arguments. Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti was not present.
Attorneys for the Republican and Democratic parties argued that issuing a list of write-in candidates to voters was unprecedented in Alaska, and that it was inappropriate for the state to suddenly change its regulations for the election.
The two parties argued that the list amounted to candidate information, which is prohibited by law to be given out near polling places.
The state and the Lisa Murkowski campaign responded to the Republican and Democratic Party's allegations, saying the state simply was anticipating voter confusion with the write-in candidacy of Lisa Murkowski, and produced the list to help with that confusion.