The election in House District 15 took another bizarre twist Tuesday -- with 26 absentee ballots considered by the Alaska Division of Elections as "suspect" counted in favor of incumbent Gabrielle LeDoux. 

Since the state primary election last Tuesday, LeDoux has overcome a three-vote deficit to a lead of 87 votes, after question and absentee ballots were counted. The Division of Elections says that's not counting the 26 suspected ballots.

The Department of Law's criminal division says it's not commenting on the race. When asked to cite a legal reason why he cannot confirm whether a criminal investigation exists, the division director did not respond to the question. 

After digging through voter registration in LeDoux's district and comparing it to ballots cast, KTVA found peculiar patterns of voting in a Muldoon trailer park--involving large numbers of adults registered to vote in a single home, who residents say they've never heard of.

Voter registration data for the East Anchorage area shows in one case, there are 11 people registered to vote from a single home on Muldoon Road, including a man named Charlie Chang.

According to state campaign finance reports, LeDoux reportedly flew Chang up from California and paid him $10,000 to help get out the vote in the Hmong community in her district.

Despite being listed as living in California, Chang is registered to vote at a mobile home located on Muldoon Road. 

KTVA visited the trailer on Tuesday afternoon. A woman living there identified herself as Laura Chang. She says Charlie Chang is her uncle, but he doesn't live there and neither do the majority of the people registered to vote at that address. 

When asked to confirm that there were five adults, who in fact voted in her household, Laura replied: "Ask Gabrielle," referring to Rep. LeDoux. 

"I have no idea why she would say that, and I'm really not even sure, considering that so many of the Hmong people's English is not truly excellent whether she truly understood the question," LeDoux said in response. 

LeDoux said she did not have anything to do with the apparent fraudulent absentee ballots cast in her district. 

"I wasn't involved at all in dealing with the Hmong folks in their absentee voting. That's what I hired Mr. Chang for," LeDoux said. 

When asked whether Mr. Chang was involved in voting irregularities, LeDoux replied: "I hope not."

"But I haven't spoken to Mr. Chang about any irregularity," LeDoux added. "I don't think that's appropriate if an investigation is going on."

Since the state primary last Tuesday, LeDoux has overcome a three vote deficit to a lead of 87 votes Tuesday, after question and absentee ballots were counted.

The Division of Elections says that total does not include the 26 suspected ballots.

In the interview below, Republican Party Chair Tuckerman Babcock weighed in on the peculiar pattern of voting in the Muldoon neighborhood. 

Editor’s note: State of Alaska absentee ballot information is provided to the public in an insecure format. According to the Division of Elections, the ballots cast by people registered at Laura Chang’s home were received from that address, not slightly different addresses as KTVA originally reported. A copy saved on KTVA’s server showed the addresses as reported. It’s unclear how the discrepancy occurred. The video was removed because parts of the story were inaccurate. 

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