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62,000 Alaska ballots to be counted today


The Division of Elections will count some 62,000 ballots today, which is day seven since the election ended on Nov. 3 at 8 pm.

On election night, 36,268 were counted, which means that by the end of today, over 98,000 ballots will have been counted in two counting sessions.

Comparing that to the 15 days of counting in 2016 when 123,246 ballots had been counted, the division will be at about 80 percent of that number. 2016 was a record year for ballots that came in from outside their precincts (by-mail, online, fax, early, in person, special needs and questioned). This year is a record year for absentee ballots.

Results will be released at 5 pm, and then again later in the evening. The Nome region is not expected to be counted because the U.S. Mail had not yet delivered the voter registers from the villages in the area.

The estimated ballots cast in this election is now believed to be over 150,000. The deadline for them to arrive is Nov. 13 (overseas ballots have until Nov. 18 to arrive).

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Gross is going down …….Big Time. All three electoral votes go to Trump.

  • Are any Republican poll watchers actually watching the ballots, especially in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks? All the same issues going on in PA, MI, GA, and Wisconsin can easily be happening here.

  • Every person that voted for Biden, Gross, or Galvin should pack up and leave the state because they obviously have no regard for the working people in this state that make everything work. A Biden presidency would be a mill stone on the neck of the Alaska economy and will result in a crash similar to 1977. 1987 is going to look like a walk in the park compared to Alaska with an Interior Secretary every bit as oppressive as was Sally Jewell was for Obama.

    • Sigh……….
      I wish everyone who moved here after 1975 would leave…….. 😉

      Not really, but trying to make a point. Your statements typify the biggest problem we have today.

      Namely, everyone has to justify, blame and condescend……understanding, compassion and tolerance are in short supply.

      Without term limits, the R or D in front of a candidates name means very little. In the end, they are all bought and paid for by Billionaires, Corporations and Special Interests.

      Why we blame each other is beyond me, your liberal or conservative neighbor has very little to do with the direction our country takes. The vitriol being spewed towards one another serves only to distract us from what the Billionaires, Corporations and Special Interests are doing.

    • Hear! Hear!

  • Don’t be shocked if Gross gets all 62k of those votes for that senate seat, they don’t even try to hide their cheating ways anymore..

    • Well, he got just over 50% of what was counted so far. Not nearly enough to overcome his deficit.

  • This count will just confirm most if not all the winners in the earlier count but a fact that is very important is the big losses some of the bad legislators took in the Primary and were added to in the general…The Alaska House could end up with a ‘super’ majority and I can tell you from experience that is often not as easy to hold together as you might think…..it will take a strong speaker and sharp Majority leader to keep things moving forward in a productive manner…

    • So long as you relocate your current speaker into a broom closet somewhere in the lower level.

  • How many registered voters are there in the state?

  • If you like playing with what-if numbers. With our 3 Electoral votes, if Trump gets AZ and GA, and flips WI, it is a 269 – 269 tie and it goes to the House, where Repubs hold 31 of the 50 State Legislature votes.

    In 25 states Trump already won the popular vote, add in the three mentioned above using the cover of “respecting the will of the voters,” et voila.

  • Anyone have any leads on what regions of AK the majority of the dumps will be coming from?

    Sincerely, Antonio

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