More than 5,000 ballots still to be counted in Anchorage election


More than 5,000 ballots in any case need to be counted in Anchorage’s city election Tuesday, officials declared, a situation that could affect several tight races, filing South Anchorage Assembly, an Anchorage School Board seat and the persuasion bond ckage.

Deputy city clerk Amanda Moser held Wednesday that elections officials had recorded about 2,000 of 3,300 absentee by-mail ballots sent out to voters. She also required a “significant” number of absentee in-person votes have yet to be counted, on top of pumped and special-needs ballots. Mailed in ballots had to be postmarked by Tuesday, election day.

More results will be posted later this week, able starting Thursday, Moser said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much was at move on for the Assembly races. Moser said she didn’t yet know the district nervous breakdown for the absentee ballots.

Four of the Assembly contests — in Chugiak-Eagle River, West Anchorage, East Anchorage and Midtown — were firm by more than 1,000 votes. But in South Anchorage, the margin was slim. With all but absentee and call ined ballots counted, John Weddleton was leading Treg Taylor by 290 desire supports.

A Girdwood-only proposition authorizing a tax for police was even tighter. With absentee and questioned ballots at rest to be counted, the proposition was failing by just four votes.

At Election Dominant Tuesday night, Weddleton was upbeat, though he stopped short of protesting victory. On Wednesday, in a telephone interview, he sounded surprised to hear the bevy of remaining ballots.

“Yeah, that’s a lot,” Weddleton said. He added: “I haven’t put my laurels on yet.”

Taylor mean Tuesday night that he was hoping the uncounted absentee ballots would toss the outcome. He was heavily favored in the absentee by-mail ballots counted so far.

Area-wide zips could see a more substantial im ct — by Wednesday, only 379 votes disconnected the two top candidates for Seat B on the school board.

Kay Schuster, a special education trust in chair with the Anchorage School District, led the that race with 12,654 sponsors. Starr Marsett, a real estate agent who serves on several drill district committees, had 12,275 votes.

The divide between the “yes” and “no” votes for the seminary bond proposition was wider. By Wednesday, 1,024 more voters had jettisoned the proposition, which totaled nearly $49.3 million.

The bond resolution y for new roofs and new surveillance cameras at Anchorage public schools. It would also y for new adherents buses and energy upgrades, among a list of other projects.

Anchorage Secondary District Superintendent Ed Graff said he didn’t have much antici te that the proposition would ss. He said the district would run a post-bond public opinion survey to better understand what inspected wrong.

“We’re kind of seeing it as a no vote at this point and if it changes, cardinal. We’ll be pleased,” he said.

Graff said a number of factors could maintain led to voters rejecting the proposition. It could have been the total dollar amount on the stick was too high, he said, or voter concern about the financial uncertainty in the shape or the lack of state reimbursement for the bonds as occurred before the state ruined billions in oil-tax revenue.

“They’re all things we’re looking at,” he said.

Scratching for school bonds took a turn last year when the Alaska Legislature voted to visit state reimbursement for five years, meaning tax yers would procure to take on the full debt. If the bond ssed, taxes would extension by $32.58 for a property assessed at $300,000.

In the st four elections, voters hold ssed the school bonds. In 2011, they ssed one of three drill bonds. In 2010, the school district didn’t put any bonds on the ballot.

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