Promising Early Numbers in Anchorage Signal Growing Support for Transgender ProtectionsBy Shane Stahl • April 4, 2018 • 12:07 pm
With only partial results available, Anchorage municipal officials last night, April 3, announced promising support for transgender non-discrimination protections in Anchorage.
The partial results from the vote-by-mail election – the deadline for which was yesterday – show that of the tens of thousands of ballots counted so far, 53.9% of people have voted “No” on Proposition 1 and 46.1% have voted “Yes.” An unknown number of ballots are expected to arrive via the mail in the coming days. If passed, Proposition 1 would remove nondiscrimination protections from Anchorage’s city ordinances.
Fair Anchorage, the campaign to defend municipal protections, felt encouraged by the results thus far. Campaign Manager Kati Ward said in a statement:
“Nothing is final until the last ballot is counted — but based on the current numbers, we are hopeful that a majority of Anchorage voters will reject this divisive measure to roll back basic protections for our transgender neighbors and friends. Our team will continue working to ensure every vote is counted and that the voice of every single Anchorage voter is heard in this historic election, because the stakes are too high for anything less.”
This year marks the first time that Anchorage had 100 percent vote-by-mail system, with ballots needing postmarked by April 3, or dropped off in one of several dropboxes around the city by 8 p.m. Following Election Day, Anchorage municipal officials have 10 days to continue counting ballots postmarked by April 3 and to certify the election results.