FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The bi-partisan State Review Board in Juneau finished its audit of absentee ballots for the State House District 1 race between Bart LeBon and Kathryn Dodge, a race that has been dead-even for days. After review of the absentee ballots, that race is still tied. However, according to a press release from the Division of Elections, there is one ballot they are currently investigating further to determine whether it will count or not.
Earlier this week, an audit of in-person, early vote and questioned ballots for District 1 closed the five vote lead LeBon held previously. The board reviews each ballot to look for votes that may not have been counted by the electronic machines. The candidates thought this race might be over after election night, but they have been watching the process closely to see if a vote will be counted that might break the tie.
"Politics is a roller coaster, sometimes the peaks and valleys are a lot higher and deeper than you ever imagined, but I'm confident that after the final analysis that everything will turn out the way it probably should have, of course I want to believe I'll be the named winner but today I can't say that for sure," LeBon said.
We reached out to Dodge and she was unavailable.
Now that all of the ballots for District 1 have been reviewed, the results will be certified on Monday along with the other races in the General Election. This means that an automatic recount will happen in Juneau on Friday, November 30.