November 10th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

On the Radar: Alaska ballots, veterans events, CMA Awards

An absentee ballot shows a write-in vote for U.S. Senate candidate Lisa Murkowski.

Alaska ballot count - Alaska election officials will begin counting write-in ballots Wednesday despite a federal court challenge by the campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, state director Gail Fenumiai said.

Miller is believed to be locked in a tight race with incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate. In last week's election, Miller received 34 percent of the vote, Democrat Scott McAdams, who conceded, collected 24 percent, and 41 percent of ballots were for write-in candidates.

The complaint filed in federal court Tuesday asks Fenumiai's office to "adhere" to state law in the counting of write-in ballots, limiting what the suit called "subjective" voter intent rules that were issued this week. The suit requests a court hearing Wednesday over the rules and asks for an injunction.

The guidelines say poll workers must consider the voter's intent when determining whether to count a ballot for a write-in candidate.

The Miller suit says, according to state election law, that a write-in vote can't be accepted if the voter did not correctly write either the full name or last name of a candidate; the voter wrote a candidate's name incorrectly, or misspelled it; or the name written on the ballot is not the name used on the candidate's certificate of candidacy.

Events to honor veterans - On the day before Veterans Day, hundreds will gather in Washington for the groundbreaking for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. It will be the nation's first and only permanent public tribute to the more than 3 million living disabled American veterans and the countless others who have died.

Meanwhile, Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington will hold a naturalization ceremony in which 17 of the 47 citizenship candidates are current members of the U.S. armed forces.

Country music awards - Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the talk of country music these days. Her movie "Country Strong" premiered Monday night in Nashville, Tennessee, and she has a song on the country charts. She'll make her live country-singing debut Wednesday night during the Country Music Association Awards show. CNN will cover the event from the red carpet and backstage.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    The rules which were in place before the Alaskan U.S. Senate election began should be followed. You do not change the rules because people do not value their vote enough to write down their candidate's name on a piece of paper beforehand and copy the correct spelling to their write in ballot.

    November 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. USMC Ret.

    This blog is for all the Marines out there...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    November 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    USMC Ret. Hey bozo, you couldn't think of one sentence to write about the subject then add your birthday wishes? Stuff your Bday wishes up your butt!

    November 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |