Half of the votes have been counted from Tuesday’s Bethel municipal election. It was a low voter turnout with about 3.9 percent of registered voters turning up at the polls. Those that did show up supported the city opting out of APOC, the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
APOC requires elected officials to fill out a lengthy form, disclosing personal financial information. Its purpose is to expose any possible conflicts of interest.
The city maintains that they can come up with their own disclosure rules and voters seem to have agreed. About 60 percent of the counted ballots were in favor of not using the state’s requirements. Over one hundred communities in Alaska have opted out as well.
Also on city ballots, the three city council candidates received votes for the three open city council seats. They are incumbents Joseph Klejka and Eric Whitney as well as new-comer, Sharon Sigmon. The terms are for two years.
Of the 298 total votes, 149 were not counted. Of the remaining ballots, some were absentee and question ballots and most were those not counted by the Accuvote machine at the polls. The election results will remain unofficial until the Canvass board meets Thursday at 6 p.m. to count the remaining ballots.
Then city council will have to approve the election.
We do not yet have the results of the Bethel Advisory School Board election, which also took place Tuesday