City to tally final race results today

Count will determine outcome of District 2 Assembly contest

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2006

The city's Ballot Review Board will finish verifying 1,400 outstanding absentee and questioned ballots from this week's municipal election and have results this afternoon.

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The count will decide the District 2 Assembly race, in which small-business owner Sara Chambers is leading retired educator Jean Christian 2,894 to 2,827. Assembly member Dan Peterson is vacating the District 2 seat.

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The six-member Ballot Review Board expects to complete ballot verification around 1 p.m. today and will begin counting all verified ballots in the Assembly Chambers to add to the initial results from Tuesday's election, City Clerk Laurie Sica said. The process could take longer, but the counting will not start prior to 1 p.m.

Counting the remainder of the ballots should take 20 to 30 minutes, Sica said.

"Once we get started putting them through the machine it won't take long," she said.

The public is welcome to attend the counting, Sica said.

The board is verifying the voter qualifications of the nearly 1,000 absentee ballots and more than 400 questioned ballots of voters who voted outside their registered precincts, Sica said. The ballots from Tuesday and those counted today are considered unofficial until they are reviewed and certified by the Canvass Review Board on Oct. 10.

Sica said she did not want to give an exact number of how many absentee and questioned ballots there are because the number is changing as some ballots are disqualified. Some ballots have been disqualified because voters were not registered in time or were registered in other cities.

"Those were the main reasons why they were rejected," Sica said. "They just weren't registered in the city and borough of Juneau 30 days prior to the election."

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