ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There seems to be little agreement among Anchorage Assembly members when it comes to how it should investigate this week's blunder during the Anchorage election, when dozens of polling places reported running out of ballots.
Assembly Chair Debbie Ossiander says the city's Election Commission -- which is appointed by the mayor and approved by the Assembly -- should look into why the precints ran out of ballots.
Assembly member Dick Traini says the Assembly's own election committee -- made up of Assembly members -- should investigate.
The ACLU of Alaska has said the Assembly should appoint an independent special counsel to look into everything, and there's even the option of holding a redo election.
Meanwhile, Anchorage election officials completed a preliminary review of all 121 precincts in Tuesday’s city elections Friday afternoon, producing a total of more than 6,000 questioned ballots. Voters would fill out a questioned ballot if they didn't appear on the voter rolls at the place they voted. That could be because they voted at a different polling place than they were assigned, in which case their vote would count. But if they were improperly registered, their vote would be thrown out.