Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell and former State Representative Lance Pruitt are set to tackle the contentious topic of election integrity and reform during a March 20 address to the Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club. The event is open to the public.
Pruitt, a Republican, recently lost his bid for reelection to the State House after Democratic challenger Liz Snyder beat him by just 11 votes. The election, however, was mired in controversy and was ultimately decided by the Alaska Supreme Court in January.
The dispute centered on the fact that the State Division of Elections switched the polling location in Pruitt’s East Anchorage District without giving voters much time or advanced notice so they could find the new location. Pruitt sued and his attorneys argued that the actions by the Division of Elections warranted a new election.
A Superior Court said the state should have done a better job of informing voters but did not deem the state’s actions as culpable. Pruitt appealed to the Supreme Court, which ultimately upheld Snyder narrow victory.
While not currently in politics, Craig Campbell is an outspoken advocate for election reform, and is working with several groups to help bring greater integrity to the Alaska vote. His columns appear regularly in the Alaska Watchman and elsewhere around the state.
Those attending the March 20 presentation are encouraged to bring questions. The gathering runs 10 a.m. to noon in the back meeting room at Palmer Sunrise Grill. Teens who want to get involved with local politics are welcome to attend. Those buying breakfast are encouraged to come a little early to place their orders.
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