Election staff to count last city ballots today

April 17, 2009 

City elections workers plan to finish counting the absentee and questioned ballots from the April 7 municipal election today, according to the municipal clerk.

They had planned to begin Friday morning, but preparing the ballots to be counted took longer than expected, Barbara Gruenstein said. About a dozen workers will begin the tally at 9 a.m. today, with results expected sometime in the afternoon, she said.

Results will be posted online at adn.com as they become available.

About 5,100 absentee and questioned ballots have yet to be counted, Gruenstein said.

Still to be decided is the mayoral contest, in which Dan Sullivan holds 43.45 percent of the vote. To avoid a runoff election May 5 with his nearest challenger, Eric Croft with 19.61 percent, Sullivan would have to reach 45 percent of the total vote.

Also to be decided is the School Board seat B contest, in which Jeannie Mackie holds a 360-vote lead over challenger Mia Costello.

The fate of Proposition 6, a $1.3 million bond for public transit, also will be determined. After the Election Day tally, it was passing by a mere two votes.

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