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Municipal election results certified

No results change in Tues. recanvassing

Posted: October 10, 2012 - 12:02am
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Canvas Board members Martha Moore, left, Barbara Ritchie, center, and Shirley Campbell recount one of two precincts at City Hall on Tuesday.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
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Canvas Board members Martha Moore, left, Barbara Ritchie, center, and Shirley Campbell recount one of two precincts at City Hall on Tuesday.

City Clerk Laurie Sica, Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen and the Canvass Review Board finished their work and certified the results of Juneau’s municipal election Tuesday afternoon.

With 20 more mail-in absentee ballots counted and some minor corrections made to vote totals in the Lynn Canal and Mendenhall Valley #4 precincts after the Canvass Board’s review, the official results confirm wins for Merrill Sanford as mayor-elect; Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis as members-elect of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly; Andrea “Andi” Story, Phyllis Carlson and Destiny Sargeant as members-elect of the Juneau School District Board of Education; and Propositions 1 and 2.

“Yes” on Proposition 1 trailed in returns Election Night, but after questioned and absentee ballots were counted Friday, it rebounded to a 73-vote lead — identical to its margin of victory in the official results.

Proposition 1 authorizes a $25 million general obligation bond issue to fund various city projects, including the renovation of Centennial Hall, construction of an Eaglecrest Learning Center and the reconstruction of Aurora Harbor.

Sica thanked the members of the Canvass Board for their work and praised election workers for their effort after the count was completed.

“It’s a really long day at the poll, and there’s a lot of preparation work and a lot of follow-up work,” Sica said. “There’s a lot of attention to detail. Our election workers are really good at helping the voters at the poll.”

Canvass Board member Barbara Ritchie, who also did precinct work on Election Day, shared her own perspective.

“When you’re at the precinct, even though it’s a really long day, people are sort of determined to get every number accounted for, every ballot accounted for,” Ritchie said with a laugh.

This is “at least” Ritchie’s third year as an election worker in Juneau, she said, though she noted that much of her previous work in the city attorney’s office and in the attorney general’s office dealt with elections as well.

“I think it’s really rewarding,” said Ritchie, who retired as Juneau’s deputy city attorney in 2010. “I think the election process is vitally important, and I feel really good about it — all the checks and rechecks. I think it’s a really amazing process from start to finish. People don’t realize, I think, all that goes into it.”

For herself, Sica remarked of the election, “I feel great that it’s done.”

As a result of the handful of newly counted ballots, voter turnout increased to 32 percent for the election.

The highest turnout rate this year belonged to Lynn Canal, where 33 percent of registered voters turned out on Election Day.

Lemon Creek sported the lowest turnout rate among the 13 precincts. Only 19.8 percent of its registered voters went to the polls last Tuesday.

Questioned and absentee ballots are, for the purposes of vote tabulation, counted separately from the 13 precincts.

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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