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Alaska Ballot Measure 2 election results being audited

Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Keven Meyer has called for an audit of the results concerning Ballot Measure 2 in the 2020 general election.

The audit entails a recount of all ballots across the state, according to Meyer. At least 20 observers are present during the process. “There’s a lot of transparency and openness, and I think that’s what we need to have, especially this year, because there has been, mostly at the national level, a lot of doubt, questions, concern over how the elections were handled,” Meyer said.

The audit began Monday, December 7th, and Meyer hopes it will be finished by Friday, December 11th. Meyer acknowledged that the request is unusual, saying he does not know of a Lieutenant Governor calling for an audit before.

“There’s just been so much discussion, concern, a lot of misinformation about the Dominion machines that I thought the only way we could put that to rest was to do a statewide audit on an issue or an election that was fairly close so that people could see that the machines were working correctly like they were supposed to,” he said.

Meyer said he does not expect the results to change as a result of the audit.

He went on to explain that in Alaska, a review board composed of Democrats and Republicans routinely completes a post-election process where in each district, one precinct is randomly selected and the votes from that precinct are counted to ensure they match the results presented by voting machines.

“There are a lot of checks and balances in our election process,” Meyer said, adding, “The machines themselves are tested before they’re deployed out to the 441 different precincts that we have throughout the state.”

The Lieutenant Governor also discussed a recount which occurred in the race for State House District 27, in which Republican incumbent Lance Pruitt lost his seat to Democratic challenger Liz Snyder by 11 votes. The original vote difference of 12 votes was narrowed by one during the recount.

“I want to make sure, and I think it’s important that Alaskans are comfortable with the elections being done fair and honestly, and accurately.”

According to Meyer, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Division of Elections had completed around 12 out of 40 districts, and no discrepancies had been found.

“We’re going to implement whatever the voters and the majority of Alaskans want, and apparently they do want this ballot to pass,” he said.

Updates regarding the status of the audit can be found at the Alaska Division of Elections webpage.

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