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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska voters voiced a solid “no” against Ballot Measure 1 on Tuesday, turning back a measure that was intended to improve protections for fish habitat but was opposed by industry and others who said it would limit development opportunities in the state.
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, with more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, a total of 136,530 votes had been cast against Ballot Measure 1, which had garnered just 76,521 votes in support as of that time, according to unofficial results from the Alaska Division of Elections.
The “Stand for Salmon” ballot measure had its origins in concern about the potential for large-scale developments such as the proposed Pebble Mine prospect in Southwest Alaska advancing while current permitting requirements — which some view as inadequate — remain in place.
Ballot Measure 1 drew substantial opposition from major oil producers and mining corporations, which contributed most of the funding for the “Stand for Alaska” campaign against the measure.