Nov. 6, 2020, 12:30 a.m. ago 33 minutes ago By Mike Baker
Think the results are too slow? Alaska shows it could be worse.
Alaska has some generous ballot return deadlines and won’t count absentee votes until next Tuesday. Alaska has some generous ballot return deadlines and won’t count absentee votes until next Tuesday.Credit...Michael Armstrong/Homer Tribune, via Associated Press SEATTLE — There are a half-dozen states where the presidential outcome remains unclear. Five of them are swing states. And then there is Alaska.
While President Trump is favored in Alaska and holds about 63 percent of the votes tallied so far, so few votes have been counted that news media outlets have resisted calling the race. And there will not be much clarity until next week.
The glacial pace of tabulation is a result of an election plan that involves waiting to count absentee votes until Nov. 10. Alaska elections officials have said they planned to check each absentee vote against official precinct books from Election Day to ensure that someone did not vote twice.
The sprawling state also has some generous ballot return deadlines. While votes must be postmarked by Election Day, absentee ballots are allowed if they arrive within 10 days of the election — or 15 days if coming from out of the country.
The long delay has caused some angst and plenty of speculation. While Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican, has 63 percent of the vote so far, his Democratic challenger, Al Gross, said he believed the remaining votes would trend so much in his favor that he could win.
Homer is where I have been spending the lion's share of my time the last two or more years. I didn't vote locally, but at my permanent address by absentee ballot. So my vote is waiting to be be counted.
Homer is a rather pleasant and spectacularly beautiful plce with the mountains and glaciers across Kachemak Bay. It is caught in a hot competition for any number of titles, from End of the Road (which it is) to a Drinking Village with a Fishing Problem (or is that Seward? ... where did I wake up?) an arts community, occupied by aging hippies. Occupied by young wanna-be hippies. We have a well armed right wing contingent here that kind of maybe proove Darwin's Law ... when the liberals prctice birth control, the right wing has all the babies and wins out by this higher production rate. It is a very serious fishing town, with many charter ships and a very busy port. ANy arriving cruise ship more than doubles the population of the town. And it is known to grow good apples, potatoes, other greens, and even kiwi.
Welcome to Tropical Alaska (it s snowing this moment!)
Wonderful description of your place Kaima. Sounds like there is a lot of space over there. The Fishing community is reckognisable for me coming from the Fishing, commercial Navy and Dockyard Town Vlissingen. In the Netherlands. Flushing in English. The name of the neighborhood Flushing in the borough Queens in New York comes from Vlissingen. Alaska has a different climate, history and population than the rest of the US I presume.