Tie between Dodge, LeBon exemplifies why your vote counts

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - With the race for State House District 1 still tied as the election was certified, we talked to Jeremy Johnson from the Division of Elections about how your vote counts in Alaska. As residents in District 1 watch to see who their State House Representative will be, Johnson says this isn't the first close race in Alaska's history.

"Races have been determined by as few as, well obviously a tie...four votes, six votes, twelve votes have made a difference in determining who is a winner," he said.

Although some candidates can win by a landslide, sometimes it comes down to one vote or even a coin toss.

"To that individual that on election night is leaving work and driving home and on their way, passes their precinct and thinks I'm tired, what's it matter? It matters, it makes a big difference," Johnson said.

We asked Fairbanks residents if they felt their vote counted. Nancy Slayton says she does believe her vote counts, her son's as well.

"I tell my son, you gotta vote so you can cancel out my vote, otherwise you gotta live with what I voted," she said.

Richard Doring of Fairbanks says he absolutely believes his vote counts and says he always encourages others to vote.

"It's not so much what party affiliation you have, but you actually go and vote and have your voice heard," he said.

Only 42 percent of registered voters in District 1 turned out to vote in this year's general election. About three weeks out from the election and the race for District 1 is still tied.

There will be an automatic recount on Friday in Juneau to see if there is a vote that will break the tie between Dodge and LeBon. We will be following this race closely to see who the winner is eventually determined to be.