Alaska’s governor has signed into law a bill allowing the state to use discretion in counting write-in ballots.
The law, set to take effect in August, is the result of last year’s U.S. Senate race. That race was ultimately decided in the courts.
Seeking to avoid a repeat, lawmakers proposed and passed legislation that would allow a state election official to use discretion in determining voter intent. That means ballots with minor misspellings could be counted toward a candidate’s tally.