Confused about what’s happening in the Anchorage state House race, where state officials say there’s evidence of voter fraud? Here’s an explainer.
Alaska elections officials said Monday that they’ve asked criminal investigators to examine “irregularities” with absentee ballots in a hotly contested Anchorage House district — including seven absentees requested in the names of dead people.
The state will conduct an initial count on Tuesday. A final batch of ballots will be counted Friday. The counts will decide the political futures of two powerful Republican incumbents: Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche of Soldotna and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage.
Tuesday’s primary election didn’t answer one of the biggest questions about the future of the Alaska Legislature: whether the state House will stay under the control of a mostly-Democratic coalition next year. But it did yield several surprises, including three stunning upsets that could send two of the state’s most powerful legislators packing.
Most of Alaska’s contested primaries are among Republicans. How moderates like Louise Stutes fare could determine who sets the agenda for the next Legislature.