Final vote counts still being tallied

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2001

The votes have been cast and most of the winners have been named, but all is not said and done for the 2001 Kenai Peninsula Borough election.

According to a report from the borough clerk's office on Wednesday, the more than 11,000 votes that were counted at the polls -- increased from earlier reports -- were just the beginning of the work for the election canvassing committee. But an end is in sight.

"Next Tuesday, we will send a resolution before the borough assembly to certify the votes," said borough clerk Linda Murphy.

According to the borough code, election results must be certified no later than the Tuesday following the election, but Murphy said she expects to have all of the absentee ballots, substitute ballots and questioned ballots counted by Friday.

There is still much to do before the election can be officially declared closed. The questioned ballots, which were used when voters either voted outside of their precincts or at a precinct where there was uncertainty about their eligibility, are still being tallied.

Absentee and mail-in ballots are being tallied as they come in, Murphy said. But regular votes were still coming in Wednesday from some areas.

"We just received the (voting) boxes from the northern precincts, Salamatof and Nikiski," said Murphy, adding that hand counts were necessary in some cases.

She also said that results from Seward and Homer were being confirmed Wednesday as well as the hand counts of substitute ballots that had to be used Tuesday in Sterling, Ridgeway and Kalifornsky Beach precincts, where there were more than 300 ballots still uncounted.

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