Mystery ballot could sway control of Alaska state government

PHOTO: Person filling out a ballot, Photo Date: August 15, 2016
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Control of Alaska state government, at least for the next two years, could hinge on a mystery ballot that an election worker found on a table in a voting precinct on Election Day.

The uncounted ballot could break a tie in an Alaska House race. A decision on whether to count it is expected Friday. The elections office said the ballot appeared to be marked for Democrat Kathryn Dodge.

If Republican Bart LeBon wins, the GOP would control the House, Senate and governor's office. If Dodge wins, it would set off a mad dash between the parties to build a caucus of at least 21 members needed for a majority in the House.

Officials were investigating the ballot before deciding whether to count it. A recount is scheduled for Friday.



 
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