Petersburg Pilot -

By Dan Rudy 

Alaska voter turnout higher than national average for midterm elections

 

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Unity ticket candidates Byron Mallott and Bill Walker share a celebratory gesture. Standing as an Independent candidate in the Nov. 4 general election, Walker is considered the next governor-elect after narrowly beating Gov. Sean Parnell by about 6,000 votes. Mallott had been the Democratic candidate for governor, but the two campaigns joined forces after polling indicated Walker had the better chance of winning in a two-way election.

The definitions of Alaska's political landscape are soon to be settled following the 2014 midterm elections on Nov. 4. As the last votes are counted, concessions have begun coming in.

Since Election Day, Alaska's Division of Elections officials in 441 precincts across the state have been tallying around 48,000 absentee, early and questioned votes in the hope of determining the winners of the Nov. 4 general election.

With three measures on the ballot, the governorship and a senator's seat in contest, turnout in Alaska was better than the national average, at about 56 percent. Of the state's...



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