Live updates: Division of Elections begins absentee ballot count
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska’s News Source election team brings you the latest election news as it happens. All live updates will be posted here as candidate statements and results come in.
Nov. 10 —8 p.m.
Election workers end first day of absentee ballot counting by reviewing thousands of ballots
At 9:30 Tuesday morning election workers at the Division of Elections Office in Anchorage began feeding their first ballots through the electronic scanners to be counted.
So far the Anchorage office has received more than 50,000 absentee ballots in the mail, with more arriving every day, according to Elections Supervisor Julie Husmann. By 4:30 p.m. workers had counted 16,000 of the Anchorage ballots, even so, “there’s no way we can get them all counted today,” said Husmann.
Husmann has doubled her staff and said workers have been busy since a week before the election reviewing early absentee ballots. But they had to wait for the polls to close to compare voter registers and make sure people hadn’t voted twice. Husmann said, on a few occasions, people did.
Read more here.
Nov. 10 — 5:40 p.m.
First batch of Alaska absentee ballots see some races flip, but over 106,000 ballots still to be counted
The Division of Elections has posted its first batch of absentee ballot results one week after Election Day. Some races for the Alaska Legislature have flipped and some statewide races have slightly tightened.
Results from roughly 50,000 outstanding ballots were posted just after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Division of Elections still has to count and post results from at least 106,000 ballots.
Read more here.
Nov. 5 — 7:30 a.m.
Thousands of ballots still need to be counted
Thousands of Alaska votes were counted on election night, according to the Alaska Division of Elections. But still, many more need to be tallied. Communications Director Tiffany Montemayor said an estimated 134,411 ballots will be counted on Nov. 10 a week after Election Day. The number is growing every day. Results will not be updated until Tuesday when they begin counting.
Nov. 5 — 6:30 a.m.
What happens with all the signs?
Election Day 2020 has come and gone, but the signs of the races still stand across Anchorage.
In Alaska, state law outlaws billboards. However, a court order in 2018 clarified that temporary political campaign signs 32-square-feet or smaller may be displayed on private property.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities says that most problems with signs stem from signs being placed in a state right of way, but the problem is usually taken care of with just a few phone calls.
Nov. 5 — 5:30 a.m.
Waiting for results
As votes continue to be counted in Alaska, the candidates in close races for state office are discussing the potential for absentee ballots to impact their chances of victory.
The latest results for several of Anchorage’s House Districts and one Senate seat are currently sitting where a candidate could see the race going either way.
Nov. 4 — 8:55 a.m.
Sen. Dan Sullivan hopeful of victory
Sen. Dan Sullivan took a sizable lead in preliminary election night results as he seeks a second term in the U.S. Senate.
Over 120,000 absentee ballots will only start being counted next Tuesday, but Sullivan expressed confidence that Gross wouldn’t make up the deficit.
Sullivan was first elected in 2014 after defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in a close race.
Nov. 4 — 6:45 a.m.
Latest on election results here in the state
See the full results here.
Nov. 4 — 5:02 a.m.
Next round of election updates is in
An election results update was released at 2:26 a.m. Wednesday by the Division of Election. The latest results put Alaska at 360 of 441 precincts reported or 81.63% of the total. See the full results here.
Nov. 4 — 12:51 a.m.
New round of election updates is in
As of 12:31 a.m. Wednesday, the Division of Elections has reported another wave of election results. The latest results put Alaska at 303 of 441 precincts reported or 68.71% of the total. See the full results here.
Nov. 3 — 11:20 p.m.
Sen. Dan Sullivan speaks at his campaign headquarters
Candidate for U.S. Senate Sen. Dan Sullivan gives a speech at his campaign headquarters.
Nov. 3 — 10:33 p.m.
Dr. Al Gross speaks at his campaign headquarters
Dr. Al Gross, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, speaks at his campaign headquarters on election night.
Nov. 3 — 10:00 p.m.
Election updates continue
We have the latest elections results for Alaska and updates from reporters in the field who have been following candidates on the campaign trail.
Nov. 3 — 9:19 p.m.
The first round of Alaska election results reported and will continue to be updated
The first election results for Alaska are in.
View the results here: https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/politics/election-results/
Nov. 3 — 9:05 p.m.
Updates on the US Senate candidates
New updates from Alaska’s News Source reporters Sean Maguire and Grant Robinson who have been keeping up with Senate candidates Dr. Al Gross and Sen. Dan Sullivan. Also, take a closer look at ballot measure 2 from reporter Daniella Rivera.
Nov. 3 — 8:50 p.m.
Live interview with Rep. Don Young
Alaska’s News Source reporter Matt Leseman interviews Rep. Don Young as votes continue to be counted.
Nov. 3 — 8:40 p.m.
US Senate candidates to speak at private election parties
Democratic nominee and independent candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. Al Gross is to give remarks at an invite-only, outdoor campaign party.
Incumbent senator and the Republican nominee Dan Sullivan is also expected to give remarks soon at a private party hosted at 49th State Brewing Company.
Nov. 3 — 8:05 p.m.
US Senate and US House votes currently being counted
Two key races for Alaska voters tonight: the U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats up for grabs.
Nov. 3 — 8:00 p.m.
Most polls closed in Alaska
Most polling locations have closed in Alaska. If you’re still waiting in line, you can still vote.
Nov. 3 — 7:40 p.m.
Vote-by-mail ballots due at 8 p.m.
Voters are still dropping off their vote-by-mail ballots, which are due in a secure ballot drop box before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Nov. 3 — 7:30 p.m.
The polls are set to close soon after a long day of voting
Only thirty minutes remain to cast your ballot at most Alaska polling places. At the Dimond High School polling place today, the line started early. Precinct Chair Ariel Burr said about 20 people were waiting in the cold to vote when the doors opened at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Burr said the vast majority of people were masked and stayed socially distant while workers wiped and sanitized. A handful of people came with no masks at all and didn’t take the ones offered by poll workers. They were still allowed to vote.
By early evening more than 680 people had voted at Dimond, a big jump, according to Burr, from the 300 total who voted there in the primary. The Division of Elections anticipated long lines on election day, but there were no guarantees, particularly since a record number of Alaskans voted early.
Nov. 3 — 7:22 p.m.
Alyse Galvin aims to unseat Rep. Don Young in second attempt
In 2020, a head-to-head battle for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives takes the form of a rematch between Republican Rep. Don Young and challenger Alyse Galvin.
Galvin, who considers herself an independent but is running as this year’s Democratic nominee, is taking Young on for the second time in two elections.
Nov. 3 — 7:09 p.m.
Sen. Dan Sullivan with a group of supporters
Sen. Dan Sullivan gathered with a group of his supporters earlier today, encouraging Alaskans who haven’t voted to get to the polls before they close at 8 p.m.
Nov. 3 — 7:03 p.m.
Voters will decide on two ballot measures on Election Day
If passed, these two ballot measures could have significant impacts on Alaska’s elections and economy for years to come. Alaska’s News Source reporter Daniella Rivera explains the measures.
Nov. 3 — 7 p.m.
Social distancing at the station
Alaska’s News Source anchors social distancing at the desk while bringing you the latest Election Day coverage.
Nov. 3 — 6:50 p.m.
Rep. Don Young looks to secure 25th term
Longtime Alaskan Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, faces what could be his closest race yet in his 47-year tenure as the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House. Young, 87, is challenged for the second time by independent Alyse Galvin, who is running as the Democratic nominee. Young has served 24 terms as Alaska’s representative, making him the longest-serving member of the current house, as well as the longest-serving Republican.
Read more: Rep. Don Young looks to secure 25th term
Nov. 3 — 6:26 p.m.
Latest Election Day voter turnout numbers show JBER has surpassed 2016 Election Day turnout
The Division of Elections has released the most recent poll numbers with polls open for another hour and a half. The numbers show more voters have voted at the polling location at JBER this year than in 2016 with 606 people this year over 564 in 2016.
Precinct Name - Turnout
- 01-455 Fairbanks No. 1 – 117
- 02-365 Fairbanks No. 9 – 78
- 03-175 North Pole – 451
- 04-265 Steese East/Gilmore – 1027
- 05-582 Chena – 1185
- 33-500 Douglas – 361
- 30-250 Soldotna – 897
- 29-160 Salamatof – 822
- 35-755 Petersburg – 650
- 35-770 Sitka # 2 – 677
- 13-245 JBER No. 1 - 606
- 14-955 Eagle River No. 1 - 258
- 14-970 Hiland - 581
- 22-645 Kincaid - 890
These numbers were announced by the Division of Elections at 6:19 p.m.
Nov. 3 — 6:09 p.m.
Alaska Supreme Court Justice Susan Carney up for retention
This year, all 22 judges on the ballot are recommended for retention by the nonpartisan Alaska Judicial Council, but one of them faced a campaign for their ouster by a group of conservative political leaders and abortion opponents.
The group, Alaskans for Judicial Reform, disagrees with Justice Susan Carney’s interpretation of the law on abortion, the state’s sex offender registry and the Permanent Fund Dividend and says that she overstepped the judiciary’s role in decisions she made on those issues.
Nov. 3 — 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Al Gross enters Election Day eyeing independent upset
After more than a year of campaigning and raising around $17 million, Dr. Al Gross enters election day as one candidate with a viable shot at unseating one Republican in the U.S. Senate. Though Gross is the Democratic party’s nominee, he has campaigned on his nonpartisan principles and used Sullivan’s voting record to try to paint his opponent as one who rarely deviates from the party lines.
Nov. 3 — 5:57 p.m.
Sign waivers out and about
Sign wavers are out in full force - and 7°F weather - at Minnesota and Northern Lights tonight!
Nov. 3 — 5:45 p.m.
Take a look at the two Alaska ballot measures
Two ballot measures are on Alaskans' ballots regarding oil taxes and the state’s election processes.
Ballot Measure 1
Ballot Measure 1 asks Alaska voters to decide whether oil producers operating three legacy fields in the North Slope be required to pay more taxes than they do now.
Ballot Measure 2
Ballot Measure 2 would change Alaska’s election process by implementing what’s known as a “ranked-choice voting system,” and alter the way campaign donations are disclosed.
Nov. 3 — 5:35 p.m.
The race for U.S. House
Alaska’s News Source reporters have the latest information on the race for U.S. House and will take another look at what it’s like for Alaskans at the polls.
Nov. 3 — 5:16 p.m.
Live interview with Sen. Dan Sullivan
Watch Alaska’s News Source reporter Sean Maguire’s live interview with Sen. Dan Sullivan:
Nov. 3 — 5:09 p.m.
Sen. Dan Sullivan fights to keep seat in US Senate
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate. The 2020 election could see another nervous wait for Sullivan before the final result is announced. By Monday, 106,000 Alaskans had voted absentee, a record for the state. Those ballots won’t be counted until a week after Election Day.
Nov. 3 — 5:05 p.m.
The race for U.S. Senate
Hear from U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Dan Sullivan and Dr. Al Gross as Alaskans head to the polls this Election Day.
Nov. 3 — 4:15 p.m.
Watch: Candidates cast their ballots
This week, Sen. Dan Sullivan, Dr. Al Gross, Rep. Don Young and Alyse Galvin have waved their campaign signs and cast their ballots for the election.
Nov. 3 — 4 p.m.
Live interview with Dr. Al Gross
Alaska’s News Source reporter Grant Robinson interviewed Dr. Al Gross, who is running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Dan Sullivan.
Nov. 3 — 3:35 p.m.
Checking in at the Dimond High School polling location
Reporter Lauren Maxwell tells us how voting has been conducted at the Dimond High School polling location. She said there was a bit of a rush when the polling location opened but since then lines have been small.
Nov. 3 — 3:08 p.m.
Election Day coverage update
We are bringing you live Election Day coverage starting at 3 p.m. and continuing throughout the night. Stay tuned for the latest updates!
Nov. 3 — 2:55 p.m.
State races to watch
Here’s a breakdown of the top state races to watch from Alaska’s News Source reporter Sean Maguire:
House District 27 - East Anchorage race between Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt and Democrat Liz Snyder. This race has seen over $750,000 in campaign spending and spending from independent expenditure groups, the highest spending race for the Alaska Legislature this cycle. Pruitt is widely tipped to be the next House Speaker if Republicans can form a majority in their own right, Snyder is hoping to keep a bipartisan coalition in the majority. This is a rematch: Pruitt won by 181 votes in 2018. Pruitt wants to take a deep look at big spending items like education and health care and implement a spending cap; he is skeptical of a full PFD. Snyder wants to invest more in education and is also advocating for a full PFD during the pandemic as an economic boost but wants a long-term plan for the dividend.
House District 28 - Hillside race. This is the wealthiest district in the state, almost double the median household income of the rest of the state. Republican James Kaufman, a retired petroleum engineer, beat Rep. Jennifer Johnston in the primary. He is against Suzanne LaFrance, an independent who is backed by Democrats. LaFrance is an Anchorage Assembly member. Democrats are eyeing this race as a way to keep the bipartisan majority in power. LaFrance is trying to avoid taxes, but keep services. Kaufman is talking about making a deep dive into big spending items but won’t talk about big cuts. Neither are supporting a big PFD.
Senate District B - Now a two-way race between Marna Sanford, an independent and a Fairbanks North Star Assembly member, and Republican Robert Myers, a truck driver for a Senate race in North Pole. Independent Evan Eads dropped out but will still be on the ballot. Eads is supporting Sanford. Myers beat Sen. John Coghill in the primary and is supporting big budget cuts and a big PFD. Sanford wants modest cuts, to change the PFD formula and protect education spending.
House District 6 - This race could be very interesting. There is a Republican and a Democrat in this race but also three petition nominees. The three nominees seem to be on the right side of the political spectrum, although they are officially unaffiliated. It seems to suggest that Republican Mike Cronk could have a tough time beating out Democrat Julie Hnilicka. This race was being eyed by Democrats but in recent days I’ve heard interest has dropped a little, suggesting that Cronk could be able to come out on top.
House District 31 - Race in Homer between Rep. Sarah Vance and independent Kelly Cooper. Vance is a conservative Republican and beat out Rep. Paul Seaton in the primary in 2018. Seaton was a moderate and Cooper is trying to run in a similar vein to Seaton. Vance is a full PFD, big budget cuts type of conservative. Cooper is running on moderate cuts, long-term sustainability of the PFD, avoid new taxes.
House District 25 - Lower Hillside race. Republican Rep. Mel Gillis is running against Independent Calvin Schrage, who is backed by Democrats. Gillis was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy after now Sen. Josh Revak went to the Senate. Revak won by just over 300 votes in 2018 and this race could really be a toss-up. Gillis is running as a moderate kind of Republican; he isn’t talking about big budget cuts or a full PFD. Schrage is talking about new revenues and doesn’t believe big budget cuts are possible.
House District 1 - Republican Rep. Bart LeBon won by one vote in 2018 for this Fairbanks seat after a court battle. I hadn’t heard that this one would be close. LeBon had been a moderate Republican caucusing with a bipartisan House coalition, but this year he has pledged to join a Republican majority in the House. He has made a rightward shift. He is competing against Democrat Christopher Quist. I’ve heard in recent days that Democrats are really hoping to flip this seat.
Nov. 3 — 2:05 p.m.
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Nov. 3 — 1:45 p.m.
A high of 20 degrees is expected for your Election Day in Anchorage, and a low of five degrees Tuesday night. Winds are expected to be around 20 mph throughout the day.
As for the valley, Wasilla has an expected high of 19 degrees and a low of zero. Looking at Palmer, you can expect a high of 19 with a low of negative one.
Nov. 3 — 1:25 p.m.
Display at the Anchorage Museum
Nov. 3 — 1:15 p.m.
A look at the voter turnout so far
Here’s a look at voter turnout so far on Election Day across the state, according to the Division of Elections.
Precinct Name - Turnout
- 01-455 Fairbanks No. 1 – 67
- 02-365 Fairbanks No. 9 – 350
- 03-175 North Pole – 201
- 04-265 Steese East/Gilmore – 449
- 05-582 Chena – 485
- 08-145 Knik Goose Bay No. 2 – 254
- 08-150 Knik Goose Bay No. 3 – 368
- 11-085 Trunk – 265
- 11-099 Lazy Mountain - 179
- 12-200 Fariview No. 1 – 164
- 33-500 Douglas – 138
- 30-250 Soldotna – 344
- 29-160 Salamatof – 332
- 35-755 Petersburg – 208
- 35-770 Sitka # 2 – 327
These were numbers announced at 12:23 p.m.
Nov. 3 — 11:30 a.m.
Showing their support
Early Tuesday morning, supporters for U.S House and Senate candidates took to the streets of Anchorage to show their support.
Here is a video of Sen. Dan Sullivan supporters, as well as supporters for U.S House of Representatives candidate Alyse Galvin.
Nov. 3 — 10:50 a.m.
In-person voting not allowed in Clark’s Point
The Division of Elections says the community of Clark’s Point will not allow any form of in-person voting and it would not allow someone outside the village to come in.
They add those in the community wanting to vote may do so by absentee ballots. DOE says Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer sent those ballots to the community.
As for other communities, a DOE spokesperson wrote in an email, “Other communities that have gone into lockdown have assured us they will still allow voting, and they are also ensuring anyone in quarantine will have an opportunity to vote in some fashion, including potentially using the special needs ballot process.”
Nov. 3 — 10:15 a.m.
When will early voting and Absentee ballots be counted?
Numbers released by the Alaska Division of Elections on Monday show nearly 50,000 Alaskans have voted early in-person and more than 86,000 people have already returned absentee ballots by mail.
According to the Division of Elections, those who voted early in-person through Oct. 29 will have their vote counted on election night. Those who voted after that date will have their votes counted seven days after the election; This is the same for absentee ballots.
Election workers have 15 days after the election to make sure every eligible vote is counted.
Nov. 3 — 8:37 a.m.
Need a ride to the polls?
Voters in Anchorage can get a free ride to their voting location on Tuesday through the Municipality of Anchorage’s bus service People Mover and AnchorRIDES. The buses will still have COVID-19 precautions in place and passengers will be asked to social distance and wear masks. The bus service has been running for people to use for essential services, and Anchorage Public Transporation Department Director Jamie Acton said voting is considered one of those services.
Read more: People Mover will be free on Election Day
Nov. 3 — 7:40 a.m.
Polling place now open
Hundreds of thousands of Alaskans have already cast their ballot for the 2020 General Election. Tuesday, Election Day, is the final day to vote.
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