Earlier this week AP called the election in favor of incumbent Republican write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski. But, as we described, there are a number of reasons --- including Alaska's recent history of impossible election results as reported by their flawed, oft-failed, easily-manipulated and non-transparent Diebold optical-scan system --- which suggest that Miller would be performing a service to the voters of Alaska and the rest of the country if he used his standing to insist on a full, public hand-count.
By the way, Democratic candidate Scott McAdams would be performing a similar service if he used his standing to join Miller in that pursuit...
Late in the week, Friedman wrote the most detailed look yet at Alaska's recent history in regard to being able to fully show our state has a transparent voting process, particularly in regard to attention to the records involving numbers that come into the central vote tabulation systems from the precincts and their Accu-vote machines. The state has shown bad faith to Alaska's voters by neglecting to even act on the University of Alaska's audit recommendations of 2008. Those wan recommendations were the result of a compromise between the state division of elections and the Democratic Party of Alaska. Even during the course of this extended vote count, a spokesperson from the division told Friedman that compliance with the UAA recommendations wasn't and isn't a high priority.
Shannyn Moore has written about this too, also interviewing Brad on her KUDO radio show. Jeanne Devon at The Mudflats has written persuasively about the need to audit this vote fully. I've chimed in. So have other liberals and progressives.
Most peoples' eyes glaze over when I try to explain the importance of fully resolving the complaint of the Democratic Party, stemming from the Knowles-Murkowski senatorial race in 2004. Trying to tie its history to Miller's current complaint isn't music to the ears of Alaskans tired of Joe.
Asking Scott McAdams or other candidates from this long cycle to support Miller's quest may be a hard sell. Friedman is certainly right that the first person to ask may be Scott McAdams.
Anyone willing to help?