Election Fallout Continues
Assembly chair says election will not be certified Tuesday
ANCHORAGE - The Election Commission is still meeting with people who weren't able to vote or have other grievances from April 3, and an independent investigation has yet to begin.
So why is there an item on Tuesday night's Anchorage Assembly meeting agenda that says: "Certification of the Regular Municipal Election of April 3, 2012"?
Assembly Chair Ernie Hall assures that this will not be happening.
"It's going to pulled, yes,” said Hall. “We will announce that tomorrow night at the beginning of the meeting that it will be removed from the agenda."
Hall said the election will not be certified until a special meeting of the assembly on May 3.
By then the Election Commission, as well as an independent investigator, will have submitted their reports – which the assembly will consider before making it's decision to certify.
Hall said it’s possible that the independent investigator will recommend a re-election.
"That would certainly way heavy on the decision of the assembly,” said Hall, but he’s hoping it doesn’t come to that.
"It takes a lot to not certify an election because when you do that technically at that point you disenfranchised everyone that did vote,” said Hall.
Hall also said there will be a full investigation into reports that the security seal on some Accuvote machines were broken.
"I'm aware of that and I've asked the chair of the Election Commission to make sure they look specifically into that, which may involve testing some of the machines after the fact.”
According to Hall, when this process is finished he expects there will be re-writes to the city’s election code – Title 28.
The Election Commission will recommend the changes for the assembly and Ethics Committee to consider.
Hall hopes to announce the independent investigator at Tuesday night's assembly meeting