ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal lawsuit filed to prevent a list of write-in candidates from being handed out at Alaska polling places has been dropped.
The suit was filed on behalf of five people who claim the Alaska Supreme Court's ruling on Friday violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Attorney Kevin Clarkson, who filed the suit, calls a decision by the Department of Justice late Monday astonishing.
Clarkson sued saying that Friday's Supreme Court decision changed the voting procedure by not including party affiliation, which he claims violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
He says some minority voters might use party affiliation to choose their candidate.
Clarkson said a previous ruling by the DOJ supported his claim.
In Kingston, North Carolina, the attorney general found that removing party affiliation would reduce the ability of voters to elect their candidate.