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No change after absentee review

Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2005

An examination of almost 2,000 questioned and absentee ballots Friday didn't change the Juneau municipal election results.

An election board reviewed 1,370 absentee and 571 questioned ballots Friday. Questioned ballots include those cast by people who didn't vote at their assigned precincts or didn't bring their identification.

City Clerk Laurie Sica said the numbers are not final.

A four-member canvass review board will review absentee ballots the city receives by mail on Monday, but Sica said the number will not affect the outcomes much. The board will certify the election Tuesday.

Assembly candidates Bob Doll, Merrill Sanford and Jonathan Anderson still led in their respective races. The margins in all races have widened.

For the at-large seat, Doll received 3,522 votes, almost 1,000 ballots more than David Summers, who scored the second-largest number of votes in the at-large race after this round of counting.

Summers, outgoing president of Juneau Chamber of Commerce, finished Friday's count with seven votes more than Mara Early.

In District 1, incumbent Sanford got a total of 4,573, 943 more ballots than his opponent, Joan Cahill.

Anderson, director of the University of Alaska Southeast's public administration master's program, received 4,196 votes, 810 more votes than his competitor, Andrew Green.

None of the candidates except Sanford went to City Hall to see the board review the absentee and questioned ballots.

The results of Proposition 1 didn't change, either.

A total of 4,531 voted against expanding Juneau International Airport with the optional 1 percent sales tax revenue, while 4,259 people voted for it.

About 4,789 people voted against building the Dimond Park aquatic center; 4,050 voted for the project.

The package of improvements - including extending city sewer lines, purchasing a midmountain chairlift for Eaglecrest Ski Area, expanding Don Statter Boat Harbor and building a downtown parking garage - won 5,425 votes. Only 3,461 voted against the package.

Sica said voters wanting a recount must make that request within two days of the certification.

• I-Chun Che can be reached at ichun.che@juneauempire.com.



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