The Alaska vote count 2010 truly got underway yesterday. Although the Alaska vote count 2010 was first made on Election Day, it is undecided because of the write-in ballots. Lisa Murkowski is said to have gotten 92,000 votes from them, although Joe Miller is determined to get them disqualified. However, his arguments haven’t made much difference so far, as his challenges haven’t held water yet. Thanks to the start of the count yesterday, the news got even worse for Miller.
Murkowski reportedly got 98 percent of the write-in votes counted yesterday, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Even if some of them didn’t spell Murkowski’s name correctly, they were still counted, which works against Miller.
So far, the overall Alaska vote count has Murkowski up by more than 10,000 votes. If the pace from yesterday’s totals holds up, that lead should hold up when the write-in counting ends in four more days. At that point, even lawsuits might not be able to bail Miller out.
Miller’s legal challenges against Murkowski’s write-in votes haven’t worked so far, although a federal judge will hear his arguments next week. If Murkowski still has a sizable lead by then, Miller may not be able to get enough ballots disqualified to make a difference.
If that is the case, then perhaps the vote count will be certified before the next Congress convenes. The Republicans are waiting for their 47th Senator to take office, no matter who he or she might be.
Though the write-in review will end on Sunday, few expect that the process will end right there. It all depends on what the final deficit is for Miller, and whether he can get it all overturned in a lawsuit. Out of yesterday’s ballots, only 8.5 percent of them were able to be contested.
Murkowski actually had a comfortable lead for much of Election Day, and much of the breaks afterward have gone her way. Over the next four days, the Alaska vote count may stay in her favor, but if Miller still isn’t deterred, she will need one more break or two.
After Sunday, the Senate race might come down to who blinks first in the courts, if it goes that far. For the moment, the focus is still on counting the votes, and in seeing how many more of them Miller can contest.
Anchorage Daily News- “98 percent of write-in votes go to Murkowski”
USA TODAY- “Lawsuit over Alaska vote count cites Bush v. Gore”