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.
- Juneau Police Department Lt. David Campbell said the student who potentially made shooting threats against Thunder Mountain High School is no longer a threat.
- The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is advancing plans to mine Gulf of Alaska beach sands about 75 miles northwest of Yakutat.
- Juneau is under a winter storm warning until Wednesday night. Forecasters expect the town to see 10-15 inches of snow. That's the most snowfall in a couple of years.
- The farther west you go, the worse it looks for Alaska's Steller sea lions. At the end of the Aleutian chain, the population is dropping about 7 percent a year.