Statewide voter turnout drops by 22 percent


The State of Alaska Division of Elections reports 506,432 registered voters in the state and 223,556 turned out to vote in the 2012 general election Nov. 6.

That is 44.14 percent of the registered voters in Alaska.

According to the Division of Elections, Alaska saw a drop-off of around 22 percent compared to four years ago, when former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

In Petersburg, 1,152 of the 2,648 registered voters cast ballots in the general election compared to 1,183 of the 2,661 registered voters that turned out to participate in the 2008 election.

In 2008 Obama/Biden earned 39.3 percent of Petersburg and Kupreanof votes compared to 44 percent of votes earned in 2012.

The unofficial results saw that Petersburg and Kupreanof picked Republican Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan over the Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden by a tally of 573 to 507.

Republican incumbent Don Young took the vote of Petersburg and Kupreanof over Democratic candidate Sharon Cissna by a vote of 696 to 319.

Petersburg and Kupreanof voters overwhelmingly supported Democratic House Representative Beth Kertulla with 732 votes.

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