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Election Updates: Absentee, questioned ballots being counted

Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 4:05 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Tuesday, November 10, the state of Alaska began counting absentee and questioned ballots, as well as in-person early votes cast after October 29.

These categories total more than 160 thousand votes. The Division of Elections continues to count these ballots.

According to Tiffany Montemayor, Public Relations Manager with the Alaska Division of Elections, the deadline for the state to receive absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day is Friday, November 13th. After that, all ballots, by statute, must be counted by November 18.

November 25 is the target date for the election to be certified in Alaska.

The ballots being counted have so far affected the results of some races, including State House District 4, where incumbent Grier Hopkins has taken the lead over challenger Keith Kurber, and State House District 5, which now sees incumbent Adam Wool holding the lead over opponent Kevin McKinley.

As of November 12, Ballot measure 2 is passing by 497 votes, 156,991 YES to 156,494 NO. Things may continue to change as ballots are counted through the end of next week.

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