The Anchorage municipal election may be over, but there are still a lot of votes to be counted before the results are official.
The Municipal Clerk’s Office still has to count early and absentee ballots and review questioned ballots. The ballot review process is already underway, and will continue through the weekend if necessary.
Next week it will focus on rejected ballots, and on Thursday it will begin counting questioned and absentee ballots. The process is expected to be completed by April 15, and the Anchorage Assembly will then certify the election results.
The counting is key, because some races remain too close to call.
The race for East Anchorage’s District 5 Assembly seat is one of them. Right now Pete Petersen holds the lead, but incumbent Adam Trombley isn’t far behind him.
The current 11-member Assembly is split six-to-five, with the majority supporting Mayor Dan Sullivan. If Petersen is declared the winner, he may well tip the balance of power.
Just 200 votes separate the candidates for District 6, which serves South Anchorage.
Right now Bill Evans holds the lead, with Bruce Dougherty in a close second. Evans is considered a conservative, which would align him more closely with Sullivan. Dougherty, however, is considered more moderate.
As votes continue to add up, unofficial results show voters approved nearly all of the ballot’s nine propositions.
It was a good night for the Anchorage School District. With more than 98 percent of precincts reporting, it looks like its bond initiative will pass. The $57 million bond package would improve 19 schools across the district. School bonds aren’t successful historically, but current numbers show more voters support the measure than oppose it.
Voters didn’t seem as eager to approve $5.5 million in improvements to the Loussac Library and local sports and recreation complexes. As of Thursday morning, it looks like Proposition 3 is headed towards defeat by a fairly narrow margin.
This is an issue where early and absentee ballots may have an impact, and supporters of the measure said they’re not giving up hope it might yet pass.