By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Results for election still unknown to all

Votes that were questioned or absentee still uncounted


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Supporters of the Bill Walker/Byron Mallott ticket were out in force on the streets of Valdez in the late days of the campaign.

While the robocalls have stopped and the nonstop barrage of political campaigning halted, it is still unknown to all who will be Alaska's next governor.

This is because there are thousands of ballots uncounted and the race is still an open book.

When all of the state's 441 precincts reported after the polls closed Tuesday, independent candidate Bill Walker was ahead of incumbent Sean Parnell by only 3,165 votes.

The trouble is, there are still thousands ballots to be counted. These include questioned ballots, absentee votes and ballots from overseas voters.

The same issue that is keeping the governor's race from declaring a winner also applies to the three ballot measures, including Measure 2, which asked voters to decide whether or not to decriminalize marijuana and regulate like alcohol, raising the minimum wage and the measure calling for protections in Bristol Bay.

All three measures are yet undecided, though all enjoyed a lead for passage in the regular vote count.

The timetable set by the Div. of Elections is published below.

November 6, 2014

Question Review Boards begin question ballot review

November 11, 2014

Count Early Vote (remaining) and Absentee Ballots

November 14, 2014

Deadline to receive absentee by mail ballots postmarked within the United States

Count Absentee and Questioned Ballots

November 17-19, 2014

Count Absentee and Questioned Ballots

November 19, 2014

Deadline to receive absentee by mail ballots postmarked outside the United States

November 28, 2014

Target election certification date

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Ads paid for the by Parnell/Sullivan ticket ran online in the last weeks of the campaign, attempting to paint independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker as a democrat. This double header also took a swipe at Sen. Mark Begich, the incumbent democrat running a tight race against Dan Sullivan, the republican nominee.


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