Just 'Lisa' wouldn't be enough for ballot

September 16, 2010 

JUNEAU -- Voters will need to do more than write in "Lisa" if U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski decides to undertake a write-in candidacy.

According to Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, who oversees Alaska elections, the law states voters must mark the ballot oval and write in either the candidate's last name or the name as it appears on the candidate's declaration to run. He says he's discussed the matter with the Department of Law and understands the attorney general is reviewing the issue.

Murkowski lost last month's GOP primary. She's set to announce today whether to pursue a write-in bid.

The director of the state Division of Elections had said Murkowski's name would not need to be spelled correctly if voter intent could be ascertained.

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