Alaska Human Rights Commission sues to pause special US House election certification

The Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, across the street from the larger Nesbett Courthouse, holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

The chairman of the Alaska State Human Rights Commission filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer and the Alaska Division of Elections, seeking to pause the ongoing special U.S. House primary election.

According to plaintiff Robert Corbisier, the election — Alaska’s first statewide vote conducted entirely by mail — discriminates against “visually impaired voters,” those considered blind or with vision problems.

The Anchorage Daily News first reported the lawsuit.

The suit, filed in Anchorage Superior Court, asks a judge to block the state from certifying the results of the special election “until such time as visually impaired Alaska voters are given a full and fair opportunity to participate in such election.”

Election Day is June 11, final results are expected by June 21, and elections officials have said they expect to certify the results by June 25.

The four candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will advance to a special general election on Aug. 16, where a winner will be chosen in a ranked-choice vote.

The winner of that vote will serve in office until the winner of the November general election is seated in Congress early next year.

The Division of Elections has not yet responded to the lawsuit, and the court system has scheduled it for expedited consideration.

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