Alaska Supreme Court upholds ruling: Tara Sweeney will not advance to Special Election

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Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 8:10 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Superior Court Judge William Morse issued an order Friday agreeing with the Division of Elections reading of the law stating there was no need to put fifth-place finisher, Tara Sweeney, on the upcoming Special Election ballot. This decision was then appealed.

On Saturday, June 25, the Alaska Supreme Court upheld a ruling that will keep fifth-place Republican candidate Tara Sweeney off the August 16 Special Election ballot.

The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed the decision of Superior Court Judge William Morse, who agreed with a decision by Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai to not advance Tara Sweeney to the Special Election.

The court did not elaborate on its reasoning but will disclose at a later date.

The three candidates running in the August 16 Special Election are Republican Sarah Palin, Republican Nick Begich, and Democrat Mary Peltola. The winning candidate from this race will serve out the remainder of the late Don Young’s term, which ends in January.

There are 22 candidates running in the August Regular Primary, which coincides with the August Special Election. The top four candidates from the Regular Primary will advance to the November General Election. The winner of the General Election will serve a new, two-year term that starts in 2023.

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