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(a) For a statewide general election, a qualified voter voting by absentee ballot from outside the United States or from a military APO or FPO address may vote for a federal candidate by using a federal write-in absentee ballot.
(b) In completing the federal write-in ballot, the voter may designate a candidate for federal office by writing in the name of the candidate, or by writing in the name of a political party. If the voter has written in the name of the political party, the ballot will be counted for the candidate of that political party certified to appear on the state's official ballot. Any abbreviation, misspelling, or other minor variation in the form of the name of a candidate or political party will be disregarded in determining the validity of the ballot, if the intention of the voter can be ascertained. The federal write-in ballot will be counted in the general manner prescribed for the counting of write-in votes in AS 15.15.360 , except that the requirement under AS 15.15.360 (a)(11) that the voter mark the oval opposite the candidate's name does not apply.
(c) A federal write-in ballot of a voter will be reviewed in the manner prescribed by 6 AAC 25.660(d) for the review of the state's special advance ballot, except that additional restrictions apply. The federal write-in ballot will not be reviewed or counted, and will remain sealed in the oath and affidavit envelope if
(1) the ballot is mailed from a location in the United States that is not an overseas address;
(2) the voter failed to apply for a by-mail ballot as required by the deadline set out under AS 15.20.081 ;
(3) the voter's regular absentee ballot or state special advance ballot is received by the deadlines established in AS 15.20.081 (e) and (h).
History: Eff. 8/12/90, Register 115; am 8/22/2004, Register 171
Authority: AS 15.05.011
Editor's note: As of Register 171 (October 2004) the substance of former 6 AAC 25.680(j)(l) and (2) appear in 6 AAC 25.990.
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