Election Workers Scan Absentee, Questioned Ballots

A worker counting absentees at the division of elections in Anchorage. Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Election workers were also scanning hundreds of absentee and questioned ballots at the Division of Election office in Anchorage today. Four workers fed stacks of paper ballots into Accuvote machines.

There is one Senate race and one House race in Anchorage that are too close to call. In the House race, Republican Lance Pruitt is now leading Democrat Pete Peterson by 216 votes, increasing his margin of victory by 120 votes. The Division of Elections has not yet updated results for the Senate race between incumbent Democrat Hollis French and Republican Bob Bell. French holds a lead of 247 votes in that race.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie