ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — It appears that the Republican candidate for House District 1 has won a recount by one vote, securing a narrow majority in the house for the Republican Party.
The Division of Elections announced that a bipartisan State Review Board had certified the results as of Friday afternoon.
Candidate Barton LeBon received 2,663 votes while candidate Kathryn Dodge received 2,662 votes after the recount.
The seat hinged on ballots that had either been spoiled or rejected.
“During the review, election officials identified a ballot that had been initially rejected based on the voter’s registration. The voter in question was a felon who had been off of probation since 2017,” reads the release from the Division of Elections. “Per state law, felons no longer in probation status can have their voting rights reinstated. Following the division’s research of the voter’s eligibility, it was determined that their ballot should count, which was marked for LeBon.”
The election though is not definitively over. The Division of Elections reports that LeBon or Doge have up to “five days to file a legal challenge to the recount results in court.”
If that process goes ahead, the courts will then review to determine whether to accept the ballots and call a winner.
If the result is secured, it means that the Alaska GOP was able to flip three seats in the 2018 to create a narrow majority of 21-19 in the house.