Still no answers

It is nothing short of refreshing to hear the heads of Alaska’s major political parties agreeing that the state’s “no comment” on whether it is investigating possible voter fraud in the District 15 GOP primary election is simply unacceptable.

Jay Parmley, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party, and Tuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, agree it is time for the state to tell Alaskans whether it is investigating that particular race, KTVA reports. The station says it has filed three requests with state officials for information, but has been denied.

“What has been alleged is the most serious case of possible case of voter fraud that I think the state of Alaska has ever seen,” Parmley told KTVA.

“I’m not saying they should move extra fast to indict someone just before an election, but if they’re doing an investigation, and denying the public information about previous investigations or ongoing collection of information, they at least should make that public,” Babcock said.

With just six days left before the Nov. 6 general election, there are myriad questions unanswered about the flawed District 15 GOP primary contest where at least seven dead people – that’s right, seven – asked for ballots. Those questions should be answered before Alaskans go to the polls.

The race pitted Republican-in-name-only Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux against political newcomer Aaron Weaver. Along with the seven dead prospective voters, 26 ballots were yanked because of residency or legitimacy questions. All of them were for LeDoux.

Nobody is saying anything about the race or whether anybody is asking questions. Not Gov. Bill Walker. Not the Department of Law. No word on a grand jury. Nothing about an investigation. The word is: mum. All this from the administration Walker once promised would be the most transparent ever.

Most of the contest’s oddities, it turns out, were centered in a single Muldoon trailer park where some of Anchorage’s 6,000-strong Hmong community reside. When pesky reporters asked folks who live there why so many were voting from only a few trailers, they famously replied, “Ask Gabrielle.”

LeDoux reportedly paid Charlie J. Chang, of Fresno, California, $10,000 to help her reach into the Hmong community for support. What Chang did remains an unanswered question. He since has died.

LeDoux fell out with Republicans after she joined the Democrat-led House majority last year and was rewarded with an important legislative post for the switch. Initial District 15 vote counts put her only three votes ahead of Weaver. When all the ballots were counted, she won 456-339. Weaver withdrew and the Republican Party is backing Jake Sloan, an East Anchorage write-in candidate.

Alaskans are owed answers. Perhaps the Walker administration should let us know it is at least asking questions.





4 Responses to Still no answers

  1. Ben Frey October 31, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Great article. Thanks for keeping us updated. If a major Democrat is more willing to at least address the situation with comments, so be it. All voter fraud is bad. Would have liked to have seen more from Tuckerman Babcock earlier.

  2. Elizabeth November 1, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for keeping this alive. It seems certain entities just want the public amnesia to kick in so everyone has no recollection by Election Day. I personally am not a fan of mail in ballots. I also want official picture identification required and in person in order to vote. If someone is nonambulatory, house bound, hospitalized, etc. provisions can be made. The democratic process is part of the foundation of our nation and should be taken with utmost seriousness.

  3. Marlin Savage November 2, 2018 at 6:24 am

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear..”
    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

  4. Marge November 2, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I was told by a Legislator there would be a committee formed to investigate voter fraud. I followed up requesting an answer from the Legislator several days ago . Have I received a reply. You guess. I believe the Legislators think voter fraud is ok or else they would be on top of the most flagrant voter fraud in Alaska
    Ledoux needed to be investigated long ago, instead she is on the ballot Nov. 6th. As a sourdough, I say “Only in Alaska”


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