Over a month later, no answers on alleged primary voter fraud
It's been just over a month since the Alaska Division of Elections reported potential voter fraud in the state's primary – and still, no answers from the Alaska Department of Law on whether it's investigating.
In the East Anchorage House District 15 race, people who were legally dead requested ballots and large numbers of votes were cast from single homes in the same trailer court.
Among the irregularities is a man named Charlie Chang -- hired by incumbent Gabrielle LeDoux's campaign. Chang is registered to vote in Alaska, but we now know that at least he, himself, was already registered with another party, and in another state.
Where the 26 suspicious ballots cast in the race came from is still a mystery, but all 26 of them were in favor of LeDoux.
A search of registered voters in the area shows 11 from the same Muldoon trailer, including Chang, who LeDoux reports she flew up from California to get out the vote in the East Anchorage Hmong community.
However, according to the Fresno County Democratic Party, Chang, who the party refers to as Dr. Chang, worked as a leader in party's Hmong club. The organization confirms he was registered to vote in that state.
"Dr. Chang is a resident of California, and I don't think that he's ever been in Alaska," said Esperanza Avalos, a spokesperson for the Fresno County Democratic Party.
So how could Chang be registered to vote there, and be on the voter rolls here?
A similar issue came up during the Municipality of Anchorage's first vote by mail election this spring, in which the Municipality of Anchorage relied on state voter rolls for determining where to send ballots.
"Our records are only as good as what the voter provides to us for their residential information, their mailing information. We don't have anywhere else that we go and get this. We only go by what the voter provides us," Julie Hussman, the Division's Region II Elections supervisor.
Samantha Miller, a spokesperson for the Alaska Division of Elections, says the state has recently performed a cross-state match through a nationwide database called the Electronic Registration Information Center. Miller says the division sent notices to individuals found to be registered both in and outside of Alaska.
Asking Mr. Chang himself what information he provided the state, that won't be possible.
"He had a stroke on the ninth, and he passed away on the eleventh," Avalos said.
The Division of Elections is referring all questions about Chang's vote and the other suspect ballots to the state's criminal division -- which, so far, refuses to confirm or deny whether it's investigating.
KTVA has submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request to the director of the criminal division but has not received a response within the 10-day time period allowed by law.
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