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Alaska election results won’t be certified until at least Friday before Ballot Measure 2 audit begins

The Alaska Division of Elections released the final results of the 2020 election on Wednesday,...
The Alaska Division of Elections released the final results of the 2020 election on Wednesday, November 18th.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:14 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Division of Elections will not certify election results until at least Friday.

The division had hoped to finalize the certification process for the 2020 general election on Nov. 25, making the results official. Gail Fenumiai, the director of the Division of Elections, said that the bipartisan state review board had been working hard to ensure vote totals are accurate, but that its work would not be completed on Wednesday.

The hope now is that the results will be certified on Friday. The Division of Elections said an update will be announced on Friday afternoon.

Requests to recount any election results need to be made within five days after the election is certified.

On Nov. 20, it was reported by the Associated Press that Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer was seeking an audit of votes cast for Ballot Measure 2.

Meyer said he believes the state election was fair and honest, but the hand recount is intended to calm concerns about Dominion Voting Systems and misinformation.

As a statewide ballot measure, the hand recount would require checking over 360,600 ballots.

Fenumiai said that process would take place in Juneau and would need to start after the certification process is complete. The audit would likely start on Dec. 7 and is estimated to take five days, Fenumiai added.

The Division of Elections does not have an estimate for how much the hand count would cost.

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