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Judge rules that absentee ballots don’t need witnesses

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Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby today ruled in favor of Arctic Village Council and the League of Women Voters, saying that absentee ballots do not need to have witness signatures on them.

Crosby said that due to the coronavirus, requiring a witness on absentee ballots is too much of a burden for voters. She said there’s no reason to believe that removing the signature witness requirement will lead to voter fraud.

The State of Alaska and the village have until Tuesday afternoon to advise the judge on how it will be enforced, since Alaskans are already voting in the Nov. 3 election.

The decision could throw the election into confusion since so many Alaskans are voting by absentee ballot this year, and may misunderstand that, for now, the signature witness rule is still in place. The Alaska Department of Law has not announced if it will appeal the ruling to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Crosby, a notoriously liberal judge, dismissed every single argument the State made to protect the integrity of the election, as though she had made her decision, and then worked back from there to rationalize it.

It’s the court giving Alaskans another example that demonstrates that Alaska’s courts are politicized, pushing causes for the Left, rather than to uphold the integrity of elections for all Alaskans.

Under Alaska’s method for choosing judges, members of the Alaska Judicial Council recommend names to the governor, and those names are nearly always of liberals, who are rated by members of the Alaska Bar Associations.

Alaskans have little say in the choice of judges, except during retention elections. Judge Crosby is up for retention this November.

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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.

Latest comments

  • Yet another case of “why am I not surprised?”

    • You need two witnesses for a PFD that is being stolen from us but NO witness to vote!
      How do you spell VOTER FRAUD!

      • What are you talking about? I file for my PFD online every year with no witnesses present.

    • So who made her a law maker? She is supposed to follow the law. I will vote to recall her better-than-us mentally.

  • Does the US Supreme Court overrule state supreme court? See link regarding US Supreme Court ruling on witness signature: justthenews.com/government/courts-law/supreme-court-reinstates-south-carolina-witness-requirement-voting-mail?utm_source=breaking-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    • It ought to. Gives the SoA the opportunity to ignore the ruling. Cheers –

  • Corrupt judges know no bounds.

  • Let’s get rid of this judge next election cycle. Huh, we have to get a witness to sign for a PFD but not for an election.
    Everyone has access to a mask and the voter is in the same location they have probably been in for years. But it’s a burden to get someone to witness the ballot. Bet if they have no trouble getting a witness for they PFD app.

  • South Carolina Supreme Court today ruled a witness signature IS required on absentee ballots.

  • The ‘vote by mail’ crowd is trying to steal, not only Alaska, but America. The need for a witness to verify the signature on the ballot is a must. A few weeks ago, my wife and I both received an application for an absentee ballot. She filled hers out and sent it in. I will vote in person. She never received her absentee ballot. Instead, she received two more ‘applications’ for one, a week or so ago. They were already filled out with her name, address, voter information and a postage paid return envelope. With no witness, anyone could scribble her name and send it in, with a ‘convenient’ change of address. No checks or balances required. She could vote three times, with no witness needed. Anyone else happening to ‘find’ one or more of the three pre-filled out ballot applications could vote with it if a witness was not required. The leftist socialist democrats are trying to steal critical seats to ‘flip’ the senate and hold onto the house. Decisions like Crosby just made is aiding and abetting criminal voter fraud. I strenuously object to the ‘wing nut’ (liberal socialist) judge’s ruling. Alaska and all of America is at stake. The state of Alaska should appeal Crosby’s ruling and delay it until after the election, at the very least. Too much is at stake for slipshod “voting”. Unfortunately, that’s ideal for the leftist socialist democrat criminals.
    Tomorrow is a big day for Alaska. Conservatives need to vote.
    Vote, vote, vote. For our State and Country.

    • Do you know how voting works? A ballot application is not the same thing as a ballot. They will only accept one ballot for each person. Your wife cannot vote three times. You can check your ballot status here: myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
      You can make sure your address is correct and that they received your ballot.

  • On Free Republic (I’m a lurker) in a similar case, the South Carolina Supreme Court recently overturned a ruling by a district court judge who ruled that absentee ballots did not need witnesses. Might be worth checking out the details. Meanwhile, keep track of Alaska judges like this one and vote against their retention.

  • It’s too much of a burden to have 1 person watch you check some boxes? All of the villages I’ve been to have a higher population density than the area I live in. Keeping 6 feet away in even the most crowded village isn’t a problem. But being able to sign any ballot in front of you…priceless.
    So by no reason to think voter fraud will occur the good judge means she wants to ensure she isn’t dismissed from her duties since she obviously has no interest in this election that decides her fate as a judge. Seems like the conflict of interest alone should have precluded her from judging this case.

  • Well, as further Free Republic comments were posted, it looks like the U.S. Supreme Court issued the stay, which will last until after the election. The U.S. Supreme Court stay was issued this evening, and the fallout could make a difference, if the article was accurate.

  • Add her to Kenai Superior Court Judge Jennifer Wells and Anchorage Superior Court Judge Andrew Guido in the vote NO for retention!

    • Vote no for retention on all judges. All of them. None of them are worth a rat’s you-know-what.

      • I always vote no on all judges up for retention. On principle.

  • Take it straight to federal court. The Supreme Court stayed the exact same ruling on this issue out of a district court in South Carolina today.


  • Amen! Thank you for your comment. Time to rein in the snowflakes on the bench.
    Glad to read that.

  • No witness signature, no valid ballot period. Screw what the judge has said make them try and stop it.

  • The democrats don’t need no stinkin’ witnesses to get in the way of our ballot harvesting scheme………

  • League of Women Voters appear to be involved in many of the radical departures from what is the normal proven election process.
    Plus the League of Women Voters are supporting the candidates who pretend to be Independents, when in fact they are Uber Leftest Democrats.
    It would be wonderful if MRA could pull back the curtain on the League of Women voters.

  • She has been an Alaska Resident since 1996 but she is not a registered voter?
    Did she recently change her name?

  • Vote all judges out this cycle! And start all over again using a vetting process to eliminate those who legislate from the bench. This decision makes no sense what so ever!

    • Jerry,
      If we vote them all out, with the leftists in control of Alaska’s legislature, they would undoubtedly appoint a worse judiciary than we now have, if that is possible. Some of our judges are a credit to their bench and Alaska. The judge information on the website recommends all judges be retained, including Crosby, for doing an excellent job. Wonder who is in charge there. Not thinking Alaskans, you can bet. Today is the little big day. Federal law requires all employers to provide all employees, public and private, the opportunity to vote on election day, with no repercussions to the voting employee. Too busy at work to vote is not an excuse. If we don’t take Alaska back, there probably won’t be much work.
      Voting is a right that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died for, to give us that and other rights contained in our Constitution. Every American has that right, thanks to them. Don’t let their sacrifices be for nothing. If you want to complain about our ‘state of affairs’, the voting booth is the place to do it, with common sense, truth and patriotism for each other and our state and country, the guiding principle

  • I believe it was Joseph Stalin who said, “It isn’t the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the vote that matter.”

  • They are angling toward not needing a VOTER..

    • Hmmm…Point.

  • We do need witnesses when we apply for our PFD to prove AK. residency. Seems like this is more important; so witnesses shouldn’t be much of a problem. It would prove that you are the voter.

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