Daily Archives: December 30, 2010

AP/NY Times: Lisa Murkowski, write-in candidate, has won for Senate in Alaska

(excerpt from) AP/NY Times
Alaska: It’s Official. Murkowski Won.

by The Associated Press / December 30, 2010

Senator Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of the state’s Senate race Thursday, after a period of legal fights and limbo that lasted longer than the write-in campaign she waged…

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Richard Winger of Ballot Access News: IndependentVoting.org is ‘a pressure group working to limit choices on the general election ballot’

Reprinted in full, with permission, from Ballot Access News.

Government-printed ballots in the United States were first created in 1888, and almost from the start, opponents of new and minor political parties started manipulating the ballot access laws to keep certain parties off the ballot.  The first such instance was in Nevada, when the 1893 legislature increased the petition requirement for new parties and independent candidates to 10% of the last vote cast, in a vain attempt to keep the Peoples (Populist) Party off the ballot.… Read more ...