Trial to start Tuesday in lawmaker's election challenge

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Trial is set to begin Tuesday in Anchorage in an election challenge filed by a northern Alaska lawmaker who lost his party primary.

    Democratic Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow is disputing the outcome of the House District 40 race, citing errors in how the election was conducted. Election results show Nageak lost by eight votes to Democrat Dean Westlake.

    An attorney for the state, Margaret Paton-Walsh (PAY-tuhn-WAWLSH), says the state is hoping to get a decision from the Superior Court judge by Oct. 7. Any decision from the judge could still be appealed.

    Absentee in-person voting for the general election begins Oct. 24.

    Paton-Walsh says the Division of Elections hopes to have ballots prepared by Oct. 17.

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