A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21 in Kenai, Alaska.

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21 in Kenai, Alaska.

With remaining votes counted, local outcomes remain unchanged

All ballots for state house districts 29, 30 and 31 have been counted as of Monday

The results of local races for the Alaska House of Representatives have remained unchanged after the tabulation of the rest of the ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election.

In House District 29, which includes Nikiski, Seward, Hope and Sterling, Ben Carpenter secured 6,548 votes, or 65.17% of those cast, while Paul Dale received 3,481 votes, or about 34.65% of all cast.

In House District 30, which includes Kenai and Soldotna, Ron Gillham received 5,749 votes, or 62.39%. James Baisden received 3,327 votes, or 36.10%.

In House District 31, which includes Homer and the Southern Peninsula, Sarah Vance received 6,468 votes, or 54.24% of those cast. Kelly Cooper received 5,434 votes, or 45.57%.

According to the Alaska Division of Elections, all ballots for state House districts 29, 30 and 31 have been counted as of Monday.

The results are still unofficial and could change if the division received any absentee ballots from overseas, because the deadline for the division to receive those is Nov. 18. Alaska Division of Elections Tiffany Montemayor said Monday that if the division does receive any more ballots, there will most likely not be very many.

After all eligible ballots are counted, Montemayor said, the State Review Board will meet in Juneau to do a final audit of all ballots. Once and and all discrepancies are resolved, they will certify the election. Montemayor said the target date for certification is Nov. 25.

With ballots still being counted statewide, Ballot Measure No. 1 has more “no” votes, 195,442, than “yes” votes, 142,712. The count for Ballot Measure No. 2 is much closer. 50.48% of votes have been cast in favor of the measure, while 49.52% have been cast in opposition.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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