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The Latest: Alaska Supreme Court upholds recount result

January 4, 2019
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Democrat Kathryn Dodge of Fairbanks, Alaska, is shown after the Alaska Supreme Court heard her arguments in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, on why the Alaska Division of Elections wrongly counted two ballots and excluded two others in a state House race she lost by one vote. She is challenging the results of a recount that determined Republican Bart LeBon won the open Fairbanks seat. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a disputed Alaska House race (all times local):

1 p.m.

Republican Bart LeBon has won a disputed state House race after the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the recount results that gave him a one-vote victory over Democrat Kathryn Dodge.

The court issued a brief order affirming the decision by Alaska’s former elections director following arguments heard by the court Friday morning. The court said a full opinion would follow.

Dodge had challenged the results of a recount that showed her losing the Fairbanks House race to LeBon.

She argued the Division of Elections wrongly counted two ballots and wrongly excluded two, including one belonging to a man whose voter registration was updated based on his application for an Alaska Permanent Fund check.

A superior court judge who was appointed a special master in the case had recommended upholding the division’s decisions during the recount.

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10:35 a.m.

Arguments in a disputed Alaska House race focused partly on a ballot cast by a voter whose registration was changed by the state.

The Alaska Supreme Court, which heard arguments in Anchorage, took the matter under advisement.

Democrat Kathryn Dodge challenged the results of a recount that showed her losing a Fairbanks House race by one vote to Republican Bart LeBon.

She argued the Division of Elections wrongly counted two ballots and wrongly excluded two, including one belonging to a man whose voter registration was updated based on his application for an Alaska Permanent Fund check.

Dodge had argued the man lived in the district but the division incorrectly changed his record to an address outside the district. An attorney for the state argued the division acted within the law.

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4:10 a.m.

The Alaska Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Friday in a disputed state House race.

A recount following the Nov. 6 election showed Republican Bart LeBon winning the Fairbanks seat by one vote over Democrat Kathryn Dodge.

Dodge appealed. She challenged the handling of four ballots by the Division of Elections, including two that she said should not have been counted amid residency questions.

Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth, who was appointed a special master in the case, recommending upholding the division’s decisions during the recount.

The Supreme Court now will get a chance to weigh in, with the start of the new legislative session looming on Jan. 15.

The House has yet to organize a majority for the coming session.

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