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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 15. Elections
- Chapter 13. State Election Campaigns
- Section 95. False Statements in Telephone Polling and Calls to Convince.
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AS 15.13.095. False Statements in Telephone Polling and Calls to Convince.
- (a) A candidate who is damaged as the result of a false statement about the candidate made with knowledge that it was
false, or with reckless disregard for whether it was false or not, made as part of a telephone poll or an organized
series of calls, and made with the intent to convince potential voters concerning the outcome of an election in which
the candidate is running may recover damages in an action in superior court under this section against the individual
who made the telephone call, the individual's employer, and the person who contracted for or authorized the poll or
calls to convince. However, the employer of the individual or the person who contracted for or authorized the poll or
calls to convince is liable to the defamed candidate only if the employer or person authorized the statement to be
made, knowing that it was false or with reckless disregard for whether it was false or not, as part of the poll or
calls to convince.
- (b) The court may award damages, including punitive damages. If the court finds that the result of the statement places
the integrity of the election process in substantial doubt, the eligibility of the successful candidate to hold the
office to which elected shall be determined as provided in AS 15.56.110
(b) or, in the case of a candidate for governor or lieutenant governor, by impeachment under art. II, sec. 20,
Constitution of the State of Alaska.
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