Although the Division of Elections has already printed all the ballots for the General Election, Alaska Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson today ordered the state to stop the presses, as a result of congressional candidate Alyse Galvin suing the Division over the ballot language.
Galvin is running as the Democratic nominee for U.S. House. She wants voters to believe that she is an independent nonpartisan candidate, even though she won the Democrats’ primary and was endorsed and funded by the Alaska Democratic Party, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and other Democrat groups. She is also endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, who is currently the highest-ranked elected Democrat.
The Division of Elections is scheduled to mail ballots to overseas voters on Friday, but this throws a monkey wrench into that schedule. By law, ballots must be mailed to overseas voters no later than Saturday.
Read the restraining order by the judge here:
At play are the actual ever-changing voter identifications of Democrat candidates who are masquerading as nonpartisans or undeclareds. Those who win the Democrats’ primary are now, per the Division of Elections, simply identified as the “Democratic nominee.” They don’t get to be both the Democrats’ nominee and nonpartisan.
Galvin is now registered as a nonpartisan.
Henderson will hold another hearing on Friday to continue deciding whether the courts will interfere in the General Election process.
The crux of the lawsuit is the state statute that says the party affiliation will be placed next to the candidate’s name. Galvin is affiliating with the Democratic Party, even though she wants people to accept her as nonpartisan. She didn’t get to the General Election ballot via petition, without the use of a party.