JUNEAU -- Gov. Sean Parnell has signed into law a bill allowing the state to use discretion in counting write-in ballots.
The law, set to take effect in August, is the result of last year's U.S. Senate race. That race was ultimately decided in the courts.
Seeking to avoid a repeat, lawmakers proposed and passed legislation that would allow a state election official to use discretion in determining voter intent. That means ballots with minor misspellings could be counted toward a candidate's tally.
State officials, citing case law, used discretion in counting ballots for Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski mounted an unprecedented write-in campaign after losing her primary to Joe Miller.
Miller argued the law called for ballots to have a candidate's last name or name as it appears on the declaration of candidacy.