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Division of Election reaches out, again to the wrong place

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The Alaska Division of Elections is giving itself an A for effort.

The Division director has sent a letter to the Alaska Republican Party and the Republican National Committee explaining its reasons for not including a biography of the Republican nominee for president in Alaska’s Official Election Pamphlet.

Generously, the division is giving Donald J. Trump another opportunity to be included in the online version of the pamphlet, whose 119-page hard copy arrived in voters’ mailboxes this week.

In 2014, when the division left Bill Walker out of the Official Election Pamphlet, the division printed a second one.

This is a similar outreach that the Division of Elections conducted in mid-summer, and the result of its wayward effort was that Donald J. Trump’s campaign never received the information about the pamphlet. The Division never followed up to inquire as to why Trump’s campaign had not responded.

The latest letter, dated Oct. 17 and sent by Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke, was addressed to Republican Associate Counsel Christina Schaengold and copied to House Speaker Paul Ryan (who chaired the Republican National Convention), Republican National Committee Presiding Secretary Susie Hudson, and Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock.



Tuckerman Babcock, elected chairman of the Alaska Republican Party in May, said it is the Election Division’s responsibility to reach out to the candidate, not to the party itself.

The candidate has complete control over the biography, photo, remittance, and application to be included in the Official Election Pamphlet. Babcock, in his younger years, worked at the Division of Elections and is familiar with the agency’s procedures.

Babcock, from his home in Kenai, replied immediately to Director Bahnke with this helpful information:

Dear Ms. Smith,

That is very kind of the Division of Elections. Still having trouble locating the Trump-Pence Presidential campaign contact information?  

Donald J. Trump President, Inc.

c/o Trump Tower

725 5th Avenue

New York, New York  10022


The Trump campaign in Alaska:

Jerry Ward

State Director


11610 Old Seward Hwy

Anchorage, AK 99515

[email protected]



Tuckerman Babcock


Alaska Republican Party

Read more about how the Division of Elections printed the Official Election Pamphlet without a statement from the Republican nominee for president (or the Libertarian one, for that matter.)

Read more about the Trump/Pence statement you never got to see.


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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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