Nearly a full day after polls closed Jan. 21 in the Ketchikan Indian Corp. election, the results came in with Charlie White beating David Jensen for the presidency by a mere five votes.
KIC officials said Jan. 22 that the vote was too close to call for the presidential election after votes were counted Monday evening, so counters came back the next morning and started again.
Absentee ballots were still trickling in Tuesday after Monday's federal holiday, said KIC Tribal Council Secretary Martha Johnson, and needed to be included anyway.
The counting was complete at about 4 p.m. Jan. 22, and the election was certified soon after.
Sue Pickrell, Normal Arriola and Marly Edenso won seats on the Tribal Council. KIC declined to provide the number of votes unsuccessful council candidates received.
The 486 KIC members voting in Monday's election also approved three ballot questions and chose a new name for the tribe, Ketchikan Indian Community.