ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET
At the risk of being accused of beating a dead voter, er, horse, we still wonder what happened in the District 15 GOP primary election, where seven deceased applied for absentee ballots and 26 ballots were nullified because of irregularities.
That particular race pitted Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux – who got all the votes on the 26 pulled ballots, by the way – against challenger Aaron Weaver. LeDoux was losing in the initial count, but won when all the absentee and other ballots were counted.
Clearly, whatever happened, somebody broke the law, but state officials, particularly in the Department of Law, are remarkably tight-lipped about whether they are investigating despite the looming Nov. 6 general election.
Most of the primary ballot problems sprang from only a few trailers in a single Muldoon trailer park where some of Anchorage’s 6,000-strong Hmong community live. It appears a lot of people were registered to vote from those trailers. When reporters asked people there why so many were voting from just a few trailers, they replied, “Ask Gabrielle.”