Votes already coming in

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2001

Voter turnout looks to be up from last year's election as absentee ballots have begun to pour into voting counters.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough reported between 700 and 750 absentee votes on file as of 8:30 Monday morning.

"And that doesn't include 'by-mail' votes," said Borough Clerk Linda Murphy. "Generally, boroughwide, we're running ahead."

Soldotna reported 20 in-person voters who cast their ballots early because of expected absenteeism today. Soldotna City Clerk Patricia Burdick said she expected 17 more to be returned by Friday.

The city of Kenai reported another 150 borough ballots and 105 of its own absentee ballots as of Monday. Murphy said there were fewer than 30 absentee ballots in Seward and between 75 and 80 reported from two voting districts in Homer.

Murphy said she thought the increase in voting was a result of hot election issues.

"Given the fact that there's no borough mayor's election," she said. "There are probably a lot of people voting on the mayor of the city of Kenai and the prison."

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