After ballot audit, Fairbanks House race still tied; recount scheduled for next Friday

Published: Nov. 23, 2018 at 5:02 PM AKST
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A Fairbanks state House race is still locked in a tie, according to a release from the Alaska Division of Elections.

Republican Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge are still tied with 2,661 votes each, the release says.

After an audit of all the ballots from House District 1, only one ballot's status remains unclear the release says. The ballot, the division said, "is currently being investigated further to determine whether or not it will be counted."

Samantha Miller, a spokesperson for the division, says the lone ballot in question is not yet included in the tally. That means if it is determined to be valid, it could be the tie-breaker.

Next Friday, a recount will take place in Juneau. Any absentee ballots that have been received after the 15-day deadline but before the completion of a recount may be added.

The house seat could determine which way House leadership and organization leans in the upcoming legislature.

If the tie still stands after the recount, the prevailing candidate will be determined by lot under Alaska law. The last time that happened, in 2006, House Speaker Rep. Bryce Edgmon won his Democratic primary race by a coin flip.