Division of Elections offers Trump campaign chance to be in online election pamphlet
Last updated at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1
Eight candidate profiles have been added to the Alaska election pamphlet, the Division of Elections says.
“In an effort to provide Alaska voters with as much information as possible before the November 8, 2016 general election, the Alaska Division of Elections reached out to 15 state and national candidates offering inclusion in the online Official Election Pamphlet (OEP),” the division explained in a statement about the changes.
The candidates were not listed in the printed pamphlet — which has already been sent out to voters — because they didn’t submit anything before the Aug. 30 deadline.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, submitted profiles for the online pamphlet, along with Gary Johnson, another presidential hopeful, and his running mate, Bill Weld.
Also added to the online pamphlet were:
- Tom Johnson – Alaska Senate L – Non-Affiliated
- Natasha von Imhof – Alaska Senate L – Republican
- Colleen Sullivan-Leonard – Alaska House District 7 – Republican
- Duncan Fields – Alaska House District 32 – Non-Affiliated
Not every candidate missing from the printed pamphlet has submitted a profile, the division confirmed. They are noted with an asterisk by their name.
Updated at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19
The Alaska Division of Elections says it has offered the Donald Trump campaign the chance to put information about him and his running mate in its online election pamphlet, but that they have not received anything from the campaign.
A spokesman for the division said while it was too late for Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be on the printed version of the pamphlet, which has already been sent out to the public, the online pamphlet can be updated to include the pair and their political stances.
“At this time, we have made an offer for them to send to something for us to post online just so our voters are more informed, but right now it’s just an offer,” he said in a phone interview.
When asked if the division has received anything from Trump’s campaign for publication or a statement regarding the campaign’s apparent inaction, he confirmed nothing had been sent to them as of Wednesday.
Other candidates for federal and state positions have also failed to send in information for the online pamphlet, having missed the Aug. 30 deadline for the printed pamphlet. Those include Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld, and Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault, who said in July he was running for reelection but did not want to continue as the House speaker.
A spokeswoman for the Division of Elections explained all candidates who will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot are listed in the pamphlet, but those who’ve not submitted a candidate profile have been noted with an asterisk by their name. She said as of Wednesday, none of those candidates had submitted anything to the division.
Earlier this week, the Alaska Division of Elections released the office election pamphlet for the Nov. 8 general election and missing from that document for voters were Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson, also running for the seat.
In a Thursday release from the division, they state that’s because neither the Republican or Libertarian candidates got their paperwork in on time. For presidential and vice presidential candidates from a recognized political party, the party must submit a certification of nomination along with other forms.
“However, the Republican and Libertarian candidates did not submit anything for publication in the Official Election Pamphlet by the August 30, 2016 deadline,” the release states.
During the 2016 election, the division states it contacted all 157 state and federal candidates to submit items for the pamphlet, which included a candidate statement, photograph and a filing fee in accordance to state law — $300 for those vying for the president’s seat.
Attached to the emailed release was a letter sent to Christina Schaengold, associate counsel of the Republican National Committee, with the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, Tuckerman Babcock, listed as one of several recipients.
On a marigold-colored enclosure in bold, underlined text the division stated: “Late submissions will not be accepted.”
At the bottom of the sheet, in all capitals, is a sentence stating it is the only notice the campaign will get regarding the submission for the pamphlet.
The Alaska Republican Party deferred comment to Trump’s campaign, which has not returned request for comment.
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