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.
- There's only one park in America with canine rangers: Denali National Park. The use of sled dogs is older than the park itself. In the summers, the dogs serve as ambassadors. During the winter months, they ferry park employees through areas closed to motorized vehicles.
- Law enforcement in North Dakota arrested more than 140 on private land owned by the pipeline company. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants to prevent the pipeline from running under the Missouri River.
- Last spring, an environmental advocacy group found elevated levels of mercury in a seal harvested near the inlet, which is also home to the Greens Creek mine.
- “All of my red flags are waving at the moment,” said Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board member Jerome Selby.