ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Final results are in for Anchorage’s troubled city elections, with election officials saying the counting of an additional 15,000 absentee, questioned and mailed ballots did not change the outcome of any races.
In the final election results (PDF) released early Friday evening, incumbent Mayor Dan Sullivan retained a significant lead over his main challenger Paul Honeman, winning with 40,871 votes -- or 58.68 percent of the vote -- compared to Honeman’s 26,896 votes and 38.61 percent of the vote.
Controversial equal-rights initiative Proposition 5 went down with 40,223 no votes and 57.11 percent of the vote, versus 30,208 yes votes and 42.89 percent of the vote.
Anchorage School Board candidates Kathleen Plunkett, Tam Agosti-Gisler and Natasha Von Imhof won open Seats E, F and G respectively by margins in the vicinity of 10,000 votes. The closest of the three, the Seat G race between Von Imhof and Starr Marsett, saw a revised tally of 31,621 votes and 56.55 percent of the vote for Von Imhof against Marsett’s 23,697 votes and 42.38 percent of the vote.
The city Election Commission is planning public meetings to speak with voters disenfranchised by Election Day ballot shortages Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Loussac Library’s Wilda Marston Theatre, as well as Monday at 4 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the eighth floor of City Hall.
The commission will then meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 830 of City Hall to adopt its report.