Anchorage Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi rejected a request that the state quickly notify voters if they fail to sign or provide identifying information on their mailed ballots.
While voters are able to fix ballot mistakes in some municipal elections, Alaska law doesn’t provide for a similar process.
The outcome of the primary could determine who organizes a House majority.
Juneau Bar Association asks Gov. Walker to consider geographic diversity before making his selection.
Gov. Walker now has about six weeks to name replacement on the bench.
As Chief Justice Dana Fabe prepares to retire next May, there are eight candidates vying to fill the empty position on Alaska’s Supreme Court.