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Story last updated at 6:23 PM on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Write-in candidate list mistakenly posted in city voting booths

After absentee in-person voting opened Tuesday at the Homer City Clerk's office, an Official Certified Write-In Candidate List for the Nov. 2 general election provided by the Division of Elections was inadvertently posted in the voting booths, according to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon by Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson.

Accompanying the list were instructions to show the list to voters if questions arose regarding write-in candidates. "The list was inadvertently posted in the two voting booths," said Johnson. "At approximately 10:30 a.m. it was brought to my attention that the candidate list was posted in the voting booths. I promptly removed the list." Johnson said she has been asked by the Division of Elections to isolate the ballots that were voted while the write-in candidate list was posted. Seventeen ballots have been isolated and will be forwarded to the Division of Elections with an explanation.

A photo of the list posted inside the booth was posted on the website of the Alaska Democratic Party, attributing the photo to Bob Burns of Homer. It shows U.S. Senate write-in candidates Sid Hill, Democrat, and Lisa Murkowski, Republican; as well as Bill Cook, Republican candidate for Alaska House of Representatives, District 18.

According to Alaska Administrative Code, 6 AAC, 25.070, "Information regarding a write-in candidate may not be discussed, exhibited or provided at the polling place, or within 200 feet of any entrance to the polling place, on election day." It also states, "Instructions for indicating a write-in choice will be posted in each polling place. If the instructions are not understood, the voter may ask an election official for assistance."