Recount laws in Alaska

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Each state has its own series of recount laws. The separation of powers clause in the constitution has largely placed the responsibility for conducting on state governments. Here is a summary of the recount laws in Alaska.Note: Before taking any action, or if you have any questions, contact your state election agency.

Alaska voting equipment

Alaska uses optical scanning systems; no punch card ballot systems are used .

Alaska recount procedures

There are no automatic recount provisions in Alaska election law, except in the event of a tie vote for two or more candidates for the same office for which there is to be elected only one candidate.[1] A recount may be requested by a defeated candidate or ten voters within a particular precinct or state house district. Recount requests must made by filing an application with the elections director within five days of the state review of the votes, except that requests for a recount of votes cast for governor and lieutenant governor must be filed within three days after completion of the state review.[2] The elections director fixes the date of the recount to be held within three days after the receipt of a recount request regarding an election for governor and lieutenant governor and within five days after receipt of a recount request regarding any other office, question, or proposition.[3] The director, along with additional personnel he or she employs for assistance, reviews all ballots to determine which ballots were properly marked and which ballots are to be counted in the recount and checks the accuracy of the original count, the precinct certificate, and the review. The director also counts absentee ballots received before the completion of the recount. The recount must be completed within ten days.[4] If the difference between the number of votes cast was 20 or less or was less than 0.5% of the total number of votes cast for the two candidates for a contested office, the state bears the cost of the recount.[5] Otherwise the application for recount must include a deposit of $300 per precinct, $750 per state house district, and $10,000 for a state recount request. If as a result of the recount a candidate is declared elected who is not the candidate that received the original election certificate, or the total vote in favor of the candidate or issue on the application is 4% or more than the vote reported by the state review of the election, the deposit is refunded.[6]

Alabama vote contest procedures

A defeated candidate or ten voters may contest the election of any person on one or more of the following grounds:

  1. malconduct, fraud, or corruption on the part of an election official sufficient to change the result of the election;
  2. the person elected is not qualified; and
  3. any corrupt practice as defined by law sufficient to change the results of the election. § 15.20.540.

Such an action must be brought in superior court within ten days of the state review of the election.[7]


  1. Alaska Statutes § 15.15.430.
  2. Alaska Statutes § 15.20.430.
  3. Alaska Statutes § 15.20.460.
  4. Alaska Statutes § 15.20.480.
  5. Alaska Statutes § 15.20.450.
  6. Alaska Statutes § 15.20.450.
  7. Alaska Statutes § 15.20.550.

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