“Chugiak helps elect president”
From the Knik Arm Courier, Nov. 9, 1960:
A record 750 voters turned out in Chugiak to help select a president in the first presidential election in the state of Alaska.
The is over 200 more than the 549 who voted in the primary last August. Ballot number one was cast by Mr. Elva Osbourne of the Birchwood Building Material Yard, who had arrived at 7:30 to construct the voting booths out of lumber, which he had donated.
Also donating the polling place were the Market Basket, who supplied the ballot boxes; Lorraines Dept. Store, who provided the curtains for the booths; and Eagle River Hardware, who supplied shelf brackets.
Final returns from the Chugiak precinct gave Kennedy 409 votes and Nixon 337 votes. The largest vote ever to be cast in Chugiak kept the election officials busy counting votes until 9:30 Wednesday morning.
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