Sullivan defeats Honeman in wild election

Some polling places run out of ballots


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A voter makes his selections during the April 3 municipal election at the Eagle River Lions Club polling station. Election workers reported extremly heavy turnouts that led to some polling places — inlcluding the Lions Club — temporarily running out of ballots.

STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH

With all but questioned and absentee ballots counted, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan appeared to be headed to another term after defeating challenger Assemblyman Paul Honeman in what turned out to be a wild April 3 municipal election.

Sullivan got approximately 59 percent of the vote to Honeman’s 38 percent on election night.

As for the controversial Proposition 5, which would have made it illegal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or transgender identity, voters were overwhelmingly against, with the measure failing by a 58-42 margin. All other citywide propositions, including $90 million in bonds, passed by margins of 10 percentage points or more. For a complete list of results, visit www.results.muni.org.

A larger than expected turnout in the election caused some precincts to run out of ballots.

According to precinct chair Mary Buckley at the Eagle River Lions Club polling place, that location was out of ballots for about 10 minutes during the afternoon before more arrived from City Hall.

“There were a couple of people that left, but they did come back,” Buckley said.

Buckley said turnout was extremely heavy.

“We’ve had a very unusual turnout,” she said.

Buckley said she began to notice the precinct was running low on ballots at around 3:45 p.m., at which time she called City Hall asking for more ballots. But with rush hour traffic, the extra ballots didn’t arrive until about 5:45 p.m., at which point the precinct’s initial supply of 575 ballots had run out.

“I had people that stood and waited,” she said. “There were a couple of people that left, but they did come back.”

However, Buckley said one woman was in a hurry and unable to return to the polling place, which elicited an “irate” response from the woman’s husband.

“They left instantly, they didn’t wait,” she said.

Buckley said more than 800 people cast their ballots at the Lions Club. By comparison, she said turnout in last year’s election was less than half that.

Also contested Tuesday were three open school board seats. Winning three-year terms on the board were Tam Agosti-Gisler, Natasha Von Imhoff and Kathleen Plunkett.

 

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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