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Breaking: Lt. Gov. Meyer will fight for ballot integrity on absentee witness question

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer will exhaust the state’s appeal process to protect the integrity of the elections, and try to convince the Alaska Supreme Court to overrule Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby’s opinion that absentee ballots don’t need to be witnessed. He filed an appeal this afternoon.

Crosby issued her ruling on Monday, eliminating the witness requirement for the 2020 General Election. Crosby said that the plaintiffs — the League of Women Voters and Arctic Village Council — had not, in fact, tried to game the calendar by delaying the time of their lawsuit so as to create a crisis.

That aspect of “laches” is likely to come up in the appeal as an abuse of the judge’s discretion. Also, Crosby said that her ruling comes because “it is important to recognize that older individuals, immunocompromised individuals, and members of racial minority groups are at a higher risk of contracting the disease and experiencing severe consequences.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated when MRAK gets the appeal document.

The Crosby ruling can be read at this link:

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • The US Supreme Court just upheld (I believe) South Carolina rule for a witness on mail in ballets. The Precedent has been set!

    • The US Supremes have not ruled on the substantive issue. They did, however, stay an order that would have eliminated the witness requirement. A reading of the tea leaves suggests that a majority would find that the pandemic is not sufficient to set aside the requirement in law that a witness is necessary. (The two cases are quite similar on the facts.). As noted in another comment on these pages, it may still turn out that Judge Crosby and the Alaska Supremes will determine that they are much more enlightened and intelligent than the United States Supreme Court. The Alaska judges have the ability to do that but I would suggest that if they want to maintain a shred of credibility, they might consider a different path.

    • The S.C. Supreme Court ruled for requiring a witness.

    • The US Supreme Court’s opinion was that federal courts should not override state decisions in running elections, and so stayed a recent order at the federal district level.
      This seems like a very different circumstance than what Meyer is proposing – that the US Supreme Court reverse the State’s Supreme Court on a decision regarding election process.

  • Good some common sense for once. Witness a ballot. You are able to witness at a safe COVID distance.

  • The next move by the left will literally be, to remove the voter from the ballot.

  • The thing about this sort of thing is it’s the same as anything that one side or another has a hardon about. If the situation were reversed (say a Hillary as pres.,) your side would be AGHAST at voter suppression! It’s only now an issue because of COVID and the terrifying possibility that your fine wet boy is about to get a summary send-off along with your wet dreams of a back to the past white-on-white-in-white playground. It’s quite possible that wet boy has so trashed the brand that it will be a loooong time until whatever useful pieces can be Humpty Dumptied back together again. The recent polls after the disastrous debate shows geezers are all – NOPE – aided by his ‘whatever’s’ re covid.

  • One would think that the elderly and minorities don’t need witnesses on PFD applications either.

    Who knew ??

  • I continue to struggle with the basic concept being pushed by the Left…… that since we have an (admittedly extensive) public health situation, that somehow basic constitutional provisions need not be adhered to!

    • Yep. Even Leftist judges have to eventually admit that the circumstances justifying “emergency” declarations and powers are limited in duration. Most, if not all, constitutions do not have a provision that provides for their suspension if some great Leader (example: the Mayor of Anchorage) thinks it would be fun. Constitutional and free societies rely on the legislative branch to debate and enact laws. Free people do not rely on strongmen, warlords or other forms of thuggery.

  • He also needs to look into the electronic election process! Watch the Documentary

    “Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections” Both 2016 and 2020!

    Finnish Hacker and election expert Harri Hursti investigate election-related hacks, uncovering just how unprotected voting systems…….in the 2016 documentary show how someone hacked the
    “MyAlaska” system here in Alaska!

  • The 9th also just ruled on states changing voting regs too close to an election as a voting rights issue. That’s binding in Alaska and directly on point. After AK Supremes the 9th is the next step.

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