Volunteers see low turnout for Anchorage municipal election
Turnout for municipal elections is traditionally lower than state or national elections, especially if the mayor’s office isn’t up for grabs. Tuesday’s election was no exception.
KTVA visited several polling places and spoke with volunteers and voters to see how things were going.
At St. Anthony’s Church in Mountain View, volunteers said they saw fewer voters than in year’s past. Both of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Anchorage saw low turnout, according to volunteers on site.
Things also started slowly at the Loussac Library, where early voting has been going on since March 21. Early voting chair Sharon McCracken said over the past couple weeks, they’ve seen high numbers of early voters.
“We’ve been very busy,” McCrackens said. “We’ve been averaging over 200 a day, which is a nice turn out. Yesterday was particularly busy with 403 voters.”
McCracken says early voting has been growing since the municipality started promoting it a few years ago.
However, turnout still depends what’s on the ballot. Marie Beatty said she was focused on the open Assembly seats.
“I always vote in every election and it’s important to have good people on the Assembly because they’re standing in for us,” said Beatty.
Proposition 8, which aims to address issues with the property tax cap, was also on voters’ minds.
“I’m a taxpayer, property owner and I’m concerned about all our past debts,” said Loren Gilbert.
More people are expected to turn out for the presidential election in November, but some voters like Beatty, said it should be the opposite.
“The Presidents don’t really seem to have an effect on my life. They’ve been there and nothing really changes but it can change with local elections, I think,” said Beatty.
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