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House District 36 awaits results

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ballots from two of the 10 precincts in House District 36 were still not counted as of Wednesday evening, and it’s not known when final results will be available.

According to an email from Alaska Division of Elections Communications Manager Samantha Miller, nine precincts in Southeast Alaska had issues with tallying votes due to problems with “ender cards” that are needed to print out results.

Two of those nine precincts — Hydaburg and Metlakatla — are in HD 36.

“An ender card is a paper that is specially printed with a code that when fed through the voting machine allows the machine to print out the results,” the email reads. “It was reported that some of these ender cards were no longer functioning properly because the tracking marks were not being read by the machines.”

Miller told the Daily News on Wednesday that the “election materials” from those precincts were being mailed to the Division of Elections for tabulation.

The nine precincts missing results are: Metlakatla and Hydaburg in HD 36; Thorne Bay, Sitka No. 1, Sitka No. 2, Klawock, Kake and Craig in House District 35; and Haines No. 2. in House District 33.

Miller said that Sitka No. 1 and Sitka No. 2’s memory cards were being GoldStreaked to the Division of Elections on Wednesday, with results expected in Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

It’s not clear at this time exactly when the final results from HD 36 will be available.