The Alaska Supreme Court should order a new election in a state House race lost by Republican Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, his attorney argues, saying state election officials did not properly act in changing a polling location.
The Alaska Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Friday, 11 days before the next Legislature is set to convene.
Pruitt attorney Stacey Stone, in court documents, said the Division of Elections should have acted sooner to confirm whether a planned polling location would be available for the November election and done more to provide notice when they learned it wasn’t.
Attorneys for the state said election officials had to change a precinct polling location twice last year — once for the primary and again ahead of the general election — when the property owner declined to host it.
Voters were notified with signs at the prior locations and with website and voter hotline updates, a filing by Assistant Attorneys General Laura Fox, Thomas Flynn and Margaret Paton Walsh states.