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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:16 AM


ACLU calls for special counsel to investigate city election

As an internal city review of what went wrong in Tuesday's Anchorage election moves forward, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is calling for a special counsel to investigate the matter.

So far, 59 of 121 voting precincts have been reviewed by the city clerk's office, and just over half, 31, ran out of the preprinted ballot cards at some point, according to the clerk's office.

A vote for mayor and a hotly contested, emotional gay-rights measure were among the issues on the ballot. ACLU executive director Jeffrey Mittman sent letters to Anchorage Assembly Chairwoman Debbie Ossiander, City Clerk Barbara Gruenstein, and municipal attorney Dennis Wheeler calling for "an independent, special counsel to investigate the conduct of the April 3, 2012 Municipal Election."

Ossiander said it's too early to begin an independent investigation. The city clerk and six-member Election Commission need time to do their work, she said.


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