All absentee ballots counted and accounted for

Just before heading out for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Alaska Division of Elections made its final count Wednesday of outstanding ballots from the November 8th General Election.

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About 700 more absentee and nearly 200 questioned ballots were added to the House District 32 totals, but they did not change the results – Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak has been reelected.

As of a count of outstanding ballots on November 18th, the Republican led unaffiliated challenger Duncan Fields. After Wednesday’s additions, the Stutes’ lead had grown to 210 votes.

In Anchorage, incumbent Republican Charisse Millett gained three votes above the earlier count. Millett had a 79 vote lead over her Democratic challenger Pat Higgins. The Millett-Higgins race was the closest of all the races after Wednesday’s count.

The Division of Elections is targeting next Tuesday for the results to be certified.

Jay Barrett is the news director at KMXT in Kodiak.

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