Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Ballots Prepared for Counting on Monday

Mat-Su | Patty Sullivan | Friday, October 14, 2016

The five-member Canvass Board will be completing the canvassing of the questioned ballots over the weekend or verifying which ones are valid to count. Early Friday the Board had reached surnames starting with the letter "K" of some 1,334 questioned ballots. On Oct. 5, the Board began the fastidious process of examining a record number of ballots—3,629 absentee and questioned ballots.

On Monday, Oct. 17, a separate body, the 3-person Review Board, will count the valid ballots in an AccuVote machine. Updated unofficial results will be available Monday online, after they are finalized. The results are not official until certified at a 5 pm meeting before the Mat-Su Borough Assembly on Tues. Oct. 18.

Here is a link to election night results.

Gerry Keeling is chair of the Canvass Board. Other members include Shirley Mills, Bev Zobel, Theresa Thompson, and Barb Fernandez.

Two races are tight from election night. Assembly Member Jim Sykes and former Planning Commissioner Brian Endle are separated by 103 votes. Some 561 absentee and questioned ballots and 8 special needs ballots were issued in that District 1 race and have yet to be verified and counted.

In the race for School Board Seat for District 2, the separation is even closer, with School Board Memeber Ray Michaelson leading School Board Chair Susan Pougher by 39 votes and some 601 absentee & questioned ballots and 6 special needs ballots issued.

For more information contact Borough Clerk Lonnie McKechnie at 861-8445 or Public Affairs Director Patty Sullivan at 861-8577 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.