Up in Alaska, election workers are laboring night and day actually just night, since that’s what it is there all the time to count the write-in ballots in the yet-to-be-decided Senate race. The campaign of Republican nominee Joe Miller has sued to disallow any spelling variations of the name “Lisa Murkowski” from being counted for his opponent, incumbent senator Lisa Murkowski, who ran a write-in campaign after losing to Miller in the primary and holds a sizable lead. But until the courts make a decision, the director of the Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai, is applying an “if it sounds like Murkowski, it counts” test to contested ballots. For example, “Merkowski” or “Murcowski” were allowed, while “Lisa Murkaska” was not, because come on.
Sometimes, the voter made the decision especially easy for Fenumiai.