Municipal Election Night 2012 Coverage
Win for Sullivan; loss for Prop 5
RESULTS (Wednesday morning; 118 of 121 precincts):
Mayor - Sullivan 59.31%; Honeman 38.2%
Prop 5 - Yes 41.74%; No 58.26%
UPDATE - For the latest from the 10 p.m. Tuesday night broadcast, click the video at left. Multiple polling places across Anchorage reported running out of ballots on Tuesday, apparently due to what seems to an unusually large voter turnout for a municipal election - 26.8% of registered voters, as of late Tuesday night. Tuesday night only electronic ballots were counted; all absentee and questioned ballots will be counted at a later date. Keep watching KTVA.com for further reports on voting issues Tuesday and why there weren't a sufficient number of ballots at polling places.
ANCHORAGE (Tuesday, 4:45 p.m.) - City officials say typically voter turnout is low for municipal elections, which is interesting indeed because even before the voting began today at 7 in the morning, election officials say there are 7,600 absentee ballots – which already exceeds the early voting from the last mayoral election in 2009, when incumbent Mayor Dan Sullivan was elected.
It goes beyond the two-man race for the top job in Anchorage between Sullivan and challenger assembly member Paul Honeman.
Deputy Municipal Clerk Jacqueline Duke told KTVA because of misinformation election workers have an influx of thousands of questioned ballots coming in.
The problem was caused by the controversial Prop 5 initiative that would add legal protections against discrimination to also include sexual orientation and transgender identity.
The opponents of the proposition, led by the Alaska Family Council's Jim Minnery, put a message on its “Vote No on Prop 5” website saying people could both register to vote and cast their ballot today.
That is not case as both city and state laws state you have to register at least 30 days before an election for it to count.
Regardless, volunteers say the numbers coming into their precincts are very good.
“There are times, depending on what people are interested in, that they will be here as early as 7 in the morning; the trend for this particular polling place is lunchtime and right after school and dinner time,” said Majorie Poggas, chair of Precinct 815 at Dimond Estates.
Again, you have until 8 p.m. to cast your vote for mayor, three school board candidates, and some bonds and propositions.
KTVA will have the latest results on this webpage as they begin coming in around 8:30 p.m. tonight, and at 10 p.m. on CBS 11 News.