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Judge reverses dismissal of Rep. Lance Pruitt lawsuit against Elections Division

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Josie Garton today reversed her ruling of Tuesday, when she had dismissed a claim by Rep. Lance Pruitt that a last-minute change of polling places in his district had an impact on election results.

In today’s surprise ruling, Garton stayed her previous dismissal. Evidently, after Tuesday’s testimony, the judge believes that there’s enough smoke, and there may very well be fire.

Pruitt lost by 11 votes to Liz Snyder when the election was certified. But the polling place that has always been strong for him was moved with no notice, and that worked against Pruitt.

On Tuesday, his lawyer Stacey Stone showed the court that the last-minute change of voting venue confused voters and likely depressed the turnout on Election Day.

Stone had brought political analyst and election expert Randy Ruedrich, a Republican campaign volunteer, to explain how a drop in at least 57 votes in the district was enough to have given Snyder the win.

That’s because Snyder and the Democrats did not turn out at the polls on Election Day. Their strategy all along was to get everyone on their side of the political aisle to vote absentee.

Today, when called to the witness stand, Dr. Snyder fudged the truth, telling the court that she didn’t even know the polling place had been moved until she learned of the lawsuit by Pruitt.

But lawyer Stone then presented the court an exhibit that showed that on Nov. 3 — Election Day — Snyder had written on Facebook that the polling places were wrong at the Division of Elections website.

When shown the exhibit, Snyder said that one of her campaign staff must have posted it, not her. She sought to put distance between herself and her Facebook page, disavowing the words under her image.

Lawyer Stone also quickly took apart the state’s key witness, an economist at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska.

On behalf of the State, Democrat Ralph Townsend proceeded to explain why he thought Ruedrich’s analysis of Tuesday was wrong.

Stone quickly neutered his testimony, as he admitted he had no experience analyzing elections or performing election data analysis. He did, however, take a few political science classes as an undergraduate, he offered. Townsend is a fisheries expert.

Townsend was discredited as a witness after, at the beginning of his testimony, he said he volunteered to be an expert witness, only to later admit to the court that he had been recruited to testify by Liz Snyder’s lawyer, Jennifer Alexander who also slipped him the Ruedrich written analysis to take a look at. It was not yet a public record.

Another one of the Snyder witness was dismissed by the judge. Snyder’s proposed witness was going to walk the court through how to use the “Way-back Machine” on the internet. The judge ruled the man was not an appropriate witness. The Wayback Machine is a simple internet archive of websites.

No more witnesses were called by the Snyder-State side of the election case today. Closing arguments, due Thursday, will be done in writing.

Judge Garton could rule or proceed to a “fact and findings” for the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

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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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  • This read like a episode of “Bull”! Finally, the judge listened to evidence and it sounds like lawyer Stone is a smart cookie! Maybe election misconduct this time won’t take more than 6 years, like with Rep. Ledoux.

  • it is somewhat refreshing to see a judge take some of this outright election fraud seriously and allow questions and seek answers….and if something need fixing this judge seems intent to bring it to light and then find a way to correct it…

  • Finally. An honest judge with courage!

    • Hold that thought until Monday when Pruitt’s frivilous claims are thrown out

      • Spoken like a democrat. You wouldn’t recognize the fraudulent nature of your species.

  • Color me pleasantly surprised! If the case moves to the AK Supreme, color me SSDD.

    • The Bill Walker RINO supreme court will favor the Socialists, just like they did with Prop 2

  • Hmmm…..if a “supposed winner” of a legislative seat is lying to the judge or “fudging the truth” in a court hearing, what’s the chances of her lying to her constituents that voted for her?

    • Democrats don’t know the truth, don’t speak the truth, don’t understand the truth, don’t want to know the truth, don’t believe in the truth, and hate the truth. So……..100%

    • Exactly.

    • I’d be more worried about the lie to the judge. But it seems like democrats can lie with impunity.

    • Now that is the truth!

      Now contact your legislators to end ballot harvesting in AK.

      • Yes, and get rid of those Dominion machines. And no more absentee ballots, unless proof of true absenteeism WITH witness signature. Otherwise, therein lies election fraud.

  • “But there’s no evidence of voter fraud “. Fairest election ever. Mail in ballots take away our right to vote. Period. So does ballot measure 2. Time to quit being an ostrich and get our heads out. We will not be a free country for long if we keep quiet.

  • Doctor Dirt is a liar. She is not allowed to use the DR. outside of academia. A Ph. D. is a Doctor of Philosophy, an M.D. is a Doctor of Medicine, and a J.D. is a Doctor of Jurisprudence. The academic title is earned in the classroom and is at home there. In contrast, the everyday title of “doctor” was earned by physicians in operating rooms and delivery rooms. It is based on service, not scholarship, and that is unlikely to change soon, no matter how insecure it makes some non-medical doctors feel. In a college she could be referred to as Dr. But in politics no. Maybe she should take her name off of her Facebook page. And how did her aide but not her know the facts?

    • I would give her credit for a B***S*** degree.

    • Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Jill Biden would disagree. And Dr. J. too.
      My favorite, though, is Dr. Al Gross.
      And we will never call him Senator, thank God.

      • The Reverend Dr. King was typically referred to as such, it is the common reference for a preacher with a PhD in Theology.

        Commonly referred to except as shorthand, and by people who prefer to secularize his accomplishments, anyway.

    • WHAM!! Fatal blow to the egos of the PhD community. I concur

  • OH NO! Another DR. (wannabe) politician! Don’t know if she shot a bear … but she’s certainly shootin’ the bull!

  • Our Freedom Fighter Suzane, has written this piece just like having your throat sliced open and you did not even feel it. it’s called stealth

  • Finnaly s judge not willing to rubber stamp it and look for the truth. That’s what the law should be. Spend the time to answer the question correctly.

  • The funny part to me was ” fudged the truth”.
    As ol dopey Joe biden would say, Come on, man!

    It was a lie!

  • Any perjury here?

  • Just found you on MeWe. Yipeeeeee

  • Randy Ruedrich an election “expert”. Now there is a stretch. Same guy from the Oil and Gas commission right?

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