Anchorage, Alaska was the sight of a battle over a proposed ordinance that would have added legal protections for LGBT people in the city. The ballot measure was defeated in an election that had misconduct, ballot shortages, and high voter turn out.
The measure went down fairly hard. Allegations have surfaced that those opposed to the ballot measure informed people that they could register to vote that day, even though that was a lie. So far, the main group opposing the measure have not issued any kind of statement.
Trevor Storrs, the spokesman for One Anchorage which supported the measure, stated “We have complete faith in the electoral process, and the clerk’s office needs to be the one to evaluate the situation.” He did indicate pride in the turn out.
Because of the unexpected turnout, a large number of questioned ballots were filled out, and those have to be counted by hand. It could take days for the actual results to be known.
Jim Minnery, the leader of Vote No On Prop. 5, said that he had sent out an alert email and Facebook message saying, incorrectly, that people could register and vote on election day. The information was wrong and a miscommunication with a clerk’s office worker, he said. It wasn’t immediately clear how much of an effect that had on the turnout.