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    State responds to questions about the integrity of Alaska’s vote

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    The Alaska Division of Elections, under Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, recently posted answers to frequently asked questions it has received about the security and integrity of the recent 2020 general election in Alaska.

    The answers dealt with questions regarding the use of Sharpie markers to fill out ballots, why the state took so long to count absentee votes, the veracity of the Dominion voter machines, why the Nov. 3 results changed so dramatically after absentee ballots were tallied, and how voters can request a recount in certain races.

    The Watchman sent several follow up questions. We have compiled some of the Division’s statements along with Meyer’s answers to our questions and several others submitted by another group of Alaskans including our Publisher Jake Libbey. We have not listed all the questions and answers here. More are provided on the Alaska Division of Elections website.

    WHY ALASKA VOTER ROLLS ARE AT 111%

    Political watchdog group, Judicial Watch, recently reported that Alaska had 111% voter registration. When asked why the state has more voters registered than actual voters, Meyers explained that this could be due to the fact that state and federal law “allows voters to remain registered in the state as long as they have and intend to return.”

    He added that “when people move out of state and don’t notify us, they stay on the rolls for as many as four years, further expanding our voter rolls.”

    Meyers said the state has “been consistent with our list maintenance procedures that must comply with both federal and state law.” He also noted that “Any registered Alaskan voter, regardless of location, can vote in our elections.”

    According to state law, Alaskans can remain registered voters even if they leave the state for civil or military service, or because of marriage to someone engaged in civil or military service. They may also vote if they are absent for educational reasons, prison terms or because of navigating the high seas. Alaskans do not lose voter rights for residing on an Indian or military reservation. According to state law, residency does not change for the above reasons unless a person has the “intent to remain in another place.”

    HOW THE STATE ENSURES AGAINST PEOPLE VOTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOTS ISSUED TO SOMEONE ELSE

    Meyers referred to Alaska Statute which states that “an absentee ballot must be applied for by the voter requesting the ballot. The only exception is: ‘Another individual may apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of a qualified voter if that individual is designated to act on behalf of the voter in a written general power of attorney or a written special power of attorney that authorizes the other individual to apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter.’”

    When this happens state law requires the representative to sign a register that includes the representative’s name, residence, mailing address, social security number, voter ID number and date of birth, along with the name of the voter on whose behalf they are requesting a ballot. The representative must also provide an oath that they will not vote for, coerce or divulge how the absentee voters voted. Violation of this oath is a class C felony.

    CONCERNS ABOUT DOMINION VOTING MACHINES

    Dominion is a company that makes voting machines used in 28 states including Alaska. A number of allegations have surfaced in the general election about whether these machines can flip votes or reduce votes for a given candidate. President Trump’s legal team has made these claims in several states.

    When asked about whether Meyer has any concerns with Dominion machines he said, “No, this is the same system that was used in the August 2020 primary election.  The division conducted three recounts following the certification of the election.  Two were conducted using the central scanners and resulted in identical results as what was certified by the state review board.  One was conducted by hand count and also resulted in identical results as what was certified by the state review board.”

    Additionally, Meyer said that “a hand count verification of one randomly drawn precinct is conducted following each election for a precinct that accounted for at least 5% of the total votes for the district.  These hand count verifications have revealed no vote counting anomalies.”

    When asked about the allegations that Dominion machines can run software that has the ability to flip or intentionally miscount votes Meyer said those questions “should be referred to Dominion for accurate answers.”

    The state website also claims that there are “no credible reports or evidence of fraud or widespread issues from any states that use Dominion Voting equipment, including Alaska.”

    Sydney Powell, who worked with the Trump legal team and who is now working independently, claims she has considerable evidence that the Dominion machines were used to perpetuate election fraud in Georgia. That suit is set to be filed on Nov. 25.

    HOW HAND-COUNT VERIFICATION WORKS

    In accordance with state law, the Division of Elections oversees a hand count of ballots from one randomly selected precinct in each of the 40 house districts across the state. This is still ongoing, but Meyer said “so far, there has been no problems reported verifying the accuracy of the machines. Once this process is complete a report will be available from the Division of Elections.”

    HOW TO ENSURE THERE ARE NOT MORE VOTES THAN VOTERS

    Meyer said the State Review Board compares the number of total ballots cast with the number of voters recorded in the precinct register lists and the total machine counts. For absentee ballots, the division’s website says the state reviews the absentee and questioned ballot registers to ensure they reflect the number of ballots actually cast.

    CONCERNS WITH THE LACK OF WITNESS SIGNATURES ON MAIL-IN BALLOTS

    Just before the election, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state could not enforce Alaska law which requires a witness signature on all mail-in ballots. When asked whether he thought this compromised the integrity of these ballots, Meyer responded thus: “As we told the court when the witness signature requirement was being challenged, it serves an important purpose as a fraud deterrent. It is one of several tools that our election statutes provide to prevent, deter, and detect fraud and to ensure only the ballots of qualified voters are counted. Because it is just one of several tools, we still have confidence in the process and our election results. Every absentee ballot application and envelope was reviewed by division staff, and then of course a bipartisan board reviews every envelope to determine whether it is submitted by a qualified voter.”

    Click here to read the Division of Election’s response to several other questions submitted by Alaskans.

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    9 Comments

    1. From my experience, one point is not factual in Meyer’s statements. Our son needed an absentee ballot due to being out of state for college. We went to the state of Alaska website to request an absentee ballot for him and it took three minutes and none of the requirements Meyer stated were required. Maybe these requirements were enforced after we requested the ballot.
      I have emailed the division of elections about the Dominion machines and have received a response from them with a similar line of BS in this article. I don’t trust that our Alaskan election was fraud-free. I believe that some of the down-ballot candidates benefitted from it. Meyer gives the August primary as proof that the machines are accurate. In my email, I asked if the machines got any type of “update” before the November election. If the state won’t answer questions regarding the machine and refers people to Dominion, then do Dominion employees oversee the operation of the machines during the vote count?
      One other note: I would love to know how many new voter registrations were made from August-October. How many have legitimate addresses? Are the addresses really a place of residence? Look at what is happening in GA: over 10,000 false new voter registration having a physical address that is not a residence. According to Meyer, you don’t really have to live here, just intend to come back.
      I had the misfortune of having to go to the UMV 4 different times in August and September. I waited for over 4 hr each time. The line of people was out the door and down the sidewalk and many of the people in line came from out of state and were getting an Alaskan DL or ID. (A lot of them could not pass the written test.) I thought, “what in the heck is going on? Why, on four different occasions, are there so many people from out of state trying to get a DL or ID?” Could they have been trying to register to vote with no intention of ever living here? Did our population take a big jump right before winter?

      • I agree with your statement on the Dominion Voting Machines. Why would you ask the wolf in the Hen House if he intended to kill the chickens. Dominion will give you the preverbal answer our machines are completely accurate. I believe Myer needs to resign if he will not enforce the laws currently on the book. The Alaska Supreme Court violated the National Constitution by changing Election Law which is the job of the Legislature not the Courst.

    2. Hockey Crap! They’ve been stealing elections for decades and getting away with it. They needed to ramp it up to beat Trump and now have gotten caught red handed. No body can trust elections until all the truth is brought out into daylight.

    3. Integrity: Honest or lack of corruption? You can’t have both.
      Alaska’s Nov 3rd General Election
      98% of Absentee Ballots, in accordance with Alaska Statutes 2019 Chapter 5 AS15.05, are fraudulent, harvested, paid for and or illegal. There is no Integrity in Alaska’s Absentee Voting or our Judicial System. Legislation makes Laws, not the Courts or the Lt Governor, no matter how you spin it.
      98% of Absentee Ballots are Fraudulent in some way.

    4. Anchorage is just a preview of the tyranny all Alaskans will soon be living under. Best of luck reforming the system through your totally not fraudulent voting system!

      The 2nd amendment is pointless for a cowed, cowardly populace. Frontier spirit my a$$.

    5. Meyers and the legislative body must be investigated with the election board, wouldn’t trust Myers as far as one could throw him. His statement of full trust in a system that has egregious anomalies’ and is designed to switch votes and is connected to the internet speaks volumes of Meyers and the system and the integrity of the elected officials in Alaska governmental body.

    6. someone is soon to realize, theft of this kind, gets you a flight, to a island they will not like, Kevin Meyer, your cell will be nice and warm, so keep it up, they have it all, nothing can be done to stop what’s coming a storm beyond belief!

    7. If anyone (R/D/I) questions whether or not Dominion Voter Systems is a great tool, please read the affidavits and listen to the testimony

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