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With vote certified, Petersburg becomes Alaska's 19th borough

The final Petersburg vote tally of 782 to 600 in favor of borough creation has been certified by the state, the final step in the process, reports KFSK

Brent Williams, a local government specialist with the state’s Local Boundary Commission, said all the requirements have been met. “The city of Petersburg is dissolved and the borough is formed. There’s no other announcement. The two things that were required have been done,” Williams said, noting those last two requirements were approval by the voters and by the federal government. “The Department of Justice had to notify us that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been complied with and we received such a letter. The second thing is that certification had to be approved of the legally required voter approval of the commission’s final decision from the director of elections and we did receive notification from elections that the results have been certified,” Williams said.

 



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