[JURIST] An Alaska Superior Court judge ordered the state to rewrite and reissue all 517,000 of its ballots for the November 2 election Wednesday. The order is the result of a motion filed Monday by the Trust the People Initiative Committee that had requested the court stop the printing of ballots in Alaska because the state Division of Elections summary of the measure to change the method of filling US Senate vacancies was misleading.
Under current law, the Alaskan governor can fill a vacant Senate seat, however, the initiative would replace appointments with a special election. According to the judge's order (not yet available online), the summary of the measure mistakenly estimated how long a Senate seat would be vacant under the initiative. Click here for the text of the proposed initiative. AP has more.