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Alaska judge orders state to recall and reprint ballots

AP reports: A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to rewrite, reprint and redistribute all of its ballots for the Nov. 2 election, saying the wording of a ballot initiative was inaccurate and biased. ...

The ballot initiative concerns how the state fills its U.S. Senate vacancies.

Currently, the governor can appoint a replacement to a vacant Senate seat. The initiative would abolish appointments and require a special election in all cases except when the vacancy occurs within 60 days of a primary election.

The four-sentence summary on the ballot wrongly estimates how long a Senate seat would be vacant under the initiative, Judge Moorage Christen wrote in her order. The summary also says the measure would leave Alaska without full representation in the Senate, wording which is not impartial, she said.

"Emphasizing one consequence to the exclusion of others is impermissible advocacy," Christen wrote. -- Alaska judge orders 517,000 ballots reprinted, redistributed for Nov. 2 election (AP via USATODAY.com)

Thanks to Jurist's Paper Chase for the link.