Is Operation Alaska Chaos Working?; UPDATED: 56 Senate Write-in Applications So Far

Apparently so, via Kyle Hopkins at the Anchorage Daily News:

I’m sitting at the Division of Elections office here in Midtown, where more than a dozen people have filed this afternoon to run as write-in candidates for U.S. Senate.

KFQD 750 AM radio host Dan Fagan, a backer of Republican nominee Joe Miller, has been urging voters to sign up in an act of “civil disobedience” — defying what he calls the courts’ illegal decision to allow a list of write-in candidates at polling places.

The ruling is expected to aid Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid. The idea of the mass registration is to create a long list of potential write-in choices and make it harder for voters to find Murkowski’s name.

The deadline for registering as a write-in candidate is the close of business today.

“I’m signing up to become a senator,” a man in a hoodie said into his cell phone. An Anchorage woman who said she was upset with the court ruling wheeled in her oxygen tank, asking if she could sign up to run for both federal and state office.

More soon.

UPDATE: Make that about two dozen people.

I’m not sure about the Dan Fagan connection. I thought this was Dan Riehl’s idea. But as Reagan once said, there’s no limit to what can be accomplished if you don’t care who gets the credit. If there are any more C4P readers in Alaska who are so inclined, get down to the Division of Elections and join the party.

Update: Hopkins has updated his article to include the following information:

The Anchorage office received 56 Senate write-in applications — in person or by fax — in just 45 minutes, said election clerk Raymond McAndrews at 5 p.m.

Two questions for our Alaska readers: Are there Division of Elections offices other than the one in Anchorage? If so, how many more write-in applications have been received on top of the 56 in Anchorage?

Update II: C4P reader “defendAmerica” left the following information in the comments:

There are 4 regional offices. Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Nome. They also accepted faxed in applications through the close of business today from anywhere in the state.

It’s probably fair to assume that most of these write-in applications would be filed in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. That said, it’s not unreasonable to expect more being filed at (or faxed to) the other three locations. I can easily envision a list of 100 or so write-in candidates on Tuesday. That is unless the Alaska Supreme Court reinstates Judge Pfiffner’s decision, making this effort moot. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that, however. The Murkowski family’s tentacles still extend deeply into Alaska’s political institutions including, evidently, the Alaska Supreme Court.

Update III: (h/t defendAmerica) The Alaska Division of Elections lists the candidates for Senate here. There seems to be a large and growing number of write-in candidates on that list. Expect the list to continue growing as Operation Alaska Chaos write-in applications are processed and added to the list.

Update IV: (h/t VO) Hopkins has updated his article again to include a reference to C4P: rallied Alaskans to join the effort with the headline “Attention Alaska Readers: Assist Joe Miller Through ‘Operation Alaska Chaos.’”


Richard Koller of Anchorage imagined Murkowski’s name awash in “a sea of other names” at Alaska polling places as a result of the mass registration.

He signed up partly in protest, partly to be part of history, he said. “I’ve lived here since 1982, and there’s never been any write-in candidate lists.

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