Sitka’s voting machine had a technical malfunction, as did machines in other Southeast communities. The Sitka machine is being mailed back to the Division of Elections in Juneau and they will have to obtain the results.
But so far, Democratic incumbent Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is favored. He has received 56 percent of votes while Republican challenger Richard Wein has received 43 percent of votes. There was a larger margin in Petersburg where 58 percent supported Kreiss-Tomkins and 40 percent voted for Wein.
In other races, a majority of voters in the local house district have gone along with state trends voting in favor of Dunleavy, Young, and NO on the ballot measure.
In Petersburg, in the Governor’s race, 49 percent of voters favored Dunleavy while 46 supported Begich. In the race for U.S. Representative, 52 percent of Petersburg voted for incumbent Don Young while 47 percent voted for challenger Alyse Galvin.
The salmon ballot initiative saw large opposition in Petersburg where 69 percent of voters said NO while 31 percent supported the measure.
So far, the three judges–Superior Court Judge William Carey and District Court Judges, Kevin Miller and Kirsten Swanson– have strong support for retention in House District 35.
There was also a problem with state voting machines in Hydaburg and Metlakatla, so final numbers for House District 36 won’t be known for a while either.