JUNEAU, Alaska — There are four days left for the Alaska Legislature to finish its work this session.
With a plan to cut oil taxes stalled, lawmakers are now focusing on other bills, like a measure to change election law in the wake of the disputed 2010 U.S. Senate race between Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski.
The House approved a plan Wednesday, that would allow misspellings and abbreviations on write-in ballots where voter intent is clear.
The bill (SB 31) also declares that it's up to the Division of Elections director to make the call on whether or not a ballot is valid.
Supporters say the changes are meant to avoid any future confusion and to save money spent on court battles.
"This change was recommended by the Alaska Superior Court, the Alaska Supreme Court and the Federal District Court and now by the Lt. Governor," read Rep. Steve Thompson (D-Fairbanks) on the House floor.