Turnout in last month’s Alaska statewide primary appears to be the lowest in a decade at 25.34 percent.
That’s the lowest primary turnout since 2002.
This year’s primary didn’t have a high-profile race. Past years, such as 2008 when 40.6 percent turned out, included a hotly contested Republican U.S. House race. In the 2010 primary for U.S. Senate and House and the governor’s office, turnout was 33.7 percent.
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified the Aug. 28 statewide primary election on Monday.
Ballot Measure 2, which would have re-established a coastal management program in the state, was soundly defeated, but official election results show Ballot Measure 1 won by a slight edge.
The measure would make it legal for local governments to exempt the first $50,000 worth of a homeowner’s property from taxes. Currently, local governments can exempt up to $20,000 of the value of owner-occupied housing from property taxes, with voter approval.
Results show 61,804 votes in favor of Ballot Measure 1 and 61,495 against. Recount request must be received by the end of the week.
- A new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities. The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful.
- When a school closes in rural Alaska, families who stay face tough choices. They can send their children away to school in another village or city, or they can home school their kids. Clark’s Point fought for a third option, to reopen their school. The school, which closed in 2012, will be back in session next week.
- So far no reports of injuries in large fire that continues to burn at large, remote salmon processing plant on the Alaska Peninsula. One dock was cut away, and production facilities heavily damaged according to on-the-ground reports.
- Orutsararmiut Native Council held its first Science and Culture camp in July for high school students. Campers collected juvenile fish, like baby king and red salmon, and participated in activities in avian biology, ethnobotany and workshops on federal and state subsistence management.