by Dan Joling
The Associated Press
9:29 AM AKST, January 7, 2011
A pair of Democratic state senators have prefiled a bill aimed at addressing issues raised in the 2010 Alaska U.S. Senate race.
Sen. Joe Thomas of Fairbanks says the measure will make clear that voter intent is paramount in counting ballots. He prefiled the bill with Sen. Hollis French of Anchorage.
Thomas says technicalities such as minor misspellings or extra marks can't override an Alaskan's ability to take part in a democracy.
Thomas says language in the bill was taken directly from Alaska Supreme Court's findings and mirrors how the U.S. military judges their write-in ballots.
The bill is among the first batch of prefiled bills expected to be made public Friday.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski lost to Joe Miller in the Republican primary but won the general election with a write-in campaign.