The 151 votes separating U.S. Rep. Don Young and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in the cliffhanger race for the Republican nomination for Young's seat in Congress are dwarfed by more than 25,000 absentee and questioned ballots to be counted Friday.
Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Elections, said more than 14,900 absentee ballots had arrived as of Tuesday. There's another 12,200 or so questioned ballots, she said.
It's unknown how many of the absentee and questioned ballots will be determined eligible to be counted. The absentees must have been postmarked by election day, and elections workers will make sure that both the absentees and questioned ballots were cast by registered voters.
There are a comparative handful of other votes still outstanding.
Election workers in Petersburg and Wrangell ran out of Republican primary ballots on election day, and provided sample ballots instead to 204 voters in Petersburg and 53 in Wrangell. Those votes will be counted on Monday.
Also, absentee ballots cast by Alaska voters from overseas will be accepted and counted until Wednesday, Fenumiai said.
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