Alaska voters on Tuesday were rejecting ballot measures that would have created a Gaming Commission and that would have established a voluntary program of public funding for state election campaigns.
With almost 60 percent of the statewide vote counted, Ballot Measure 1 and Ballot Measure 3 were losing by substantial margins.
The Gaming Commission, which would have been created under Ballot Measure 1, could have expanded gambling by allowing slot machines, poker rooms, lotteries or any form of waging game.
The seven-member commission would have been created within the state Department of Revenue under Ballot Measure 1.
Only legislators now have authority to expand gambling.
Supporters said allowing more gambling would attract tourists and keep revenue within Alaska that is now going to Nevada or online gambling sites.
Opponents contended gambling can lead to societal ills such as child neglect, divorce, bankruptcies and debt-driven crimes.
To qualify for public funding under the terms of Ballot Measure 3, candidates would have had to collect a certain number of signatures and $5 campaign contributions from voters in the area in which the candidate is seeking office.
Candidates who agreed to limits for campaign fundraising and spending would have received campaign funding from the state. According to the ballot measure, that person could have received state matching funds if his or her opponent did not take part in the program.