Mulligans: Liza Minnelli for Senate!
The counting of write-in ballots in Alaska appears to be favoring Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her challenge to the Republican nominee, Joe Miller. But if Miller does prevail, after this he'll have a difficult time arguing against frivolous lawsuits. From his court filing attempting to get write-in votes thrown out if the voter misspelled Murkowski's name:
[A] write in vote for "Lisa" would not adequately identify any particular candidate. Moreover, write-in candidates include both Lisa Murkowski and Lisa M. Lackey; thus, a write-in vote for "Lisa M." would not adequately identify any particular candidate....
Poor handwriting can exacerbate these problems even more. If one could only make out "_____kowski" or just "___ski", there is no principled rule for discerning if the vote was intended for Daniel C. Piaskowski, Lee Hamerski, or Lisa Murkowski - all candidates. Sloppy handwriting could also cause "Tom M" to look like "Lisa M" or "Lyn Marcu" to look like "Lisa Murkoski." Both "Morawitz" or "Murray," if written poorly, could resemble "Murkowski". Moreover, a voter is not limited to writing only those names that appear on the list. A voter could write "Liza Minnelli" as easily as "Lisa Murkowski."....
Will a vote for "Murkowsky" be counted as a vote for write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski? What about a vote for "Murcowsky"? "Murrcowsky"? Or "Murrcousky"?
If Liza Minnelli wins, ComPost will be opening an Anchorage bureau.
Mulligans are handed out here every day; it's rare that somebody actually takes one. But congressman-elect Allen West of Florida is that rarity. He announced that radio host Joyce Kaufman, who has spoken on air about such things as hanging illegal immigrants, will not be coming to Washington as his chief of staff, after all.
Kaufman, on her radio show, said she was being subjected to "an electronic lynching by proxy."
This has nothing to do with politics, but we may never have the chance again to link to a story with the headline "Ill. Woman Aims to Assault Cop with Sex Toy at a Joe's Crab Shack, Say Police." The accused "allegedly walked out of a Joe's Crab Shack restaurant in Gurnee on Tuesday without paying the bill." Police "later found her at her home where she allegedly threatened to batter the officer with a 'rigid female pleasure device.'"
| November 11, 2010; 8:57 PM ET
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