Election Report Released
Finds Issues in Clerk's Office
ANCHORAGE - Flawed but fixable – that's what an independent investigator concluded in the most recent report on the April 3 municipal election.
Former judge Dan Hensley submitted his nine page report to the assembly Saturday, and concluded that election workers never intended to unfairly influence the controversial election.
Instead, Hensley concluded that former deputy municipal clerk Jacqueline Duke was simply too inexperienced to run the election herself.
But Assembly Chair Ernie Hall says another fact caught his eye – many communities across Alaska, including Fairbanks and Anchorage, didn't have written, uniform protocols for dealing with ballot shortages and other election issues.
"To me, that's kind of a blasé approach – 'we'll just kind of do it in a feel-good kind of matter' – and to me, I don't think you can just do it in a feel good kind of manner, there needs to be a protocol in place where you can handle the largest election that you've ever handled," Hall said.
Hensley is currently working on a follow up report on the AccuVote and data processing review boards; he says that will be available within two weeks.