BALLOT COUNTING MACHINE BROKE ON ELECTION DAY
In the North Muldoon precinct of District 15, a ballot counting machine broke on Aug. 21, and 13 ballots could not be counted.
Those ballots were put into an envelope and sent to Juneau for counting, which is standard procedure.
The result of that count put Aaron Weaver up by 9 votes over Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux.
That’s six votes more than Weaver had on Election night, when he led LeDoux by three votes.
But there are many more ballots to be counted.
As of Monday afternoon in the Republican primary, 179 votes from absentee by mail, absentee in person, and special needs voters need to be counted and will likely be counted on Tuesday.
Also there are seven early votes and 10 questioned ballots that need to be counted by the Division.
The Division of Election is said to be concerned about 10-20 ballots that have doubts surrounding them.
Aaron Weaver this afternoon told Must Read Alaska, “I have the upmost trust in the Division of Elections. They are consummate professionals. If they find anomalies I know they will take appropriate action. The integrity of our elections is paramount and is what makes our republic work. What’s most important is that the people have confidence that their vote matters.”
LeDoux spent over $73,000 for her campaign, including a $10,000 check to a California man named Charlie Chang in late July to get out the vote among minorities in the district.
Weaver spent less than $2,000 on his campaign and realized he was outgunned from the start, and was surprised when he pulled ahead of LeDoux on Election night.