Anchorage House race grows closer as Alaska election results become official

Voters sign for their ballots at the Auke Bay precinct on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Juneau. The election results were certified and became official on Monday. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

Alaska’s election results became official on Monday. A state review board certified the results after reviewing the accuracy of the vote count. 

Some of the vote totals changed slightly. 

In an East Anchorage House race, Democrat Liz Snyder’s lead over Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt shrank by three votes to 13. Snyder gained one vote while Pruitt gained four. 

Statewide, the total number of ballots counted increased by 716, but the lead didn’t change in any race. 

A state Division of Elections spokesperson said the changes were the result of a combination of uncounted ballots from precincts, absentee and questioned ballots. They included ballots that had been mailed to the division director’s office rather than to a regional office. Ballots in regional offices were counted earlier. 

Candidates or voters have five days to ask for a recount in any race. The Snyder-Pruitt race is the only one that’s close enough that the state would be required to pay for the cost of a recount. 

Recounts have changed the winners of legislative general elections four times in Alaska history. Three of those changes broke ties, including in a Fairbanks House race two years ago when Republican Bart LeBon won over Democrat Kathryn Dodge by one vote. The only time a lead changed after a recount was in a 1978 state Senate race. 

But Snyder’s lead is larger than the leads were in any of those races.  

In addition to any recount, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer has requested an audit for the results of Ballot Measure 2. The measure, which passed by 3,781 votes, will overhaul Alaska’s election system. The audit will be similar to a recount. 

Andrew Kitchenman

State Government Reporter, Alaska Public Media & KTOO

State government plays an outsized role in the life of Alaskans. As the state continues to go through the painful process of deciding what its priorities are, I bring Alaskans to the scene of a government in transition.

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