In response to a state Supreme Court decision that many consider to be electioneering by the state, scores of ordinary Alaskans decided to join Senator Lisa Murkowski in tossing their hats into the ring as write-in candidates for the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's election. The Anchorage Daily News reports
In a movement one pro-Sarah Palin website is calling "Operation Alaska Chaos," at least 100 people filed paperwork Thursday to register as write-in candidates in the U.S. Senate election, according to the Division of Elections.
A stream of would-be senators filtered through the elections office in Midtown Anchorage late in the day, many saying the effort is meant to protest an order by the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday allowing a list of write-in candidates to be shown to voters who ask for assistance.
The deadline for filing a letter of intent as a write in candidate was Thursday. 45 persons filed in Here is what one of the flood of last minute candidates had to say
"(Murkowski) should have ran harder before the primary. And she didn't. And she lost," said Veronica Keanaaina of Eagle River, who signed up as a candidate in protest.
Hers was one of 56 Senate write-in applications the Anchorage elections office received in person or by fax in just 45 minutes late Thursday afternoon, said election clerk Raymond McAndrews.