November 11th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Alaska to count 50,000 more votes Wednesday

(CNN) - The roller coaster Alaska Senate race could take another turn Wednesday when election officials there plan to count some 50,000 absentee and early ballots which previously have not been totalled.

Alaska's unofficial tally currently shows incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Stevens leading Democratic opponent Mark Begich 48 percent to 46.6 percent. Stevens, a political juggernaut in Washington, is clutching that narrow lead even after a jury found him guilty of seven felony corruption counts last month. The 40-year senator insists he is innocent.

Stevens and Begich are currently separated by just 3,257 votes, according to the Alaska Division of Elections Web site.

But those numbers primarily reflect votes cast on Election Day. In a statement, Alaska elections officials said that no absentee or early votes have been counted yet because the state wanted to check each one against precinct voter lists.

The officials estimate some 50,000 of the uncounted votes have now been cross-checked and will be counted Wednesday.

That could provide a big bounce for either candidate, but it may not end things. State figures indicate another 20,000 early and absentee votes are still being authenticated and will not be tallied yet.

Filed under: Alaska • Senate • Ted Stevens
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Paul in FL

    I'm surprised that there is anyone in Alaska that can count.
    They elect a convicted felon to congress and an airhead governor. Maybe it is from standing outside bareheaded looking at Russia.

    November 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. David Newport, OR

    I would like to think that this could only happen in Alaska...but I am 100% confident that it could happen in many other "republican" states.

    November 11, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Ken from Melbourne, FL

    To all those who are wondering why it is taking so long to count the absentee votes:

    If you read the article carefully, it states that they were waiting to confirm that the owners of these ballots were legitimate. Apparently it takes a while to send the dog sled teams out to the homes to see if the people actually DID live where they said.

    November 11, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    Moderator how did you let the comments an possible threat of
    Joe November 11th, 2008 2:40 pm ET, get by?

    November 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. ran

    This should not even be an issue. Stevens was convicted of a felony.
    His name should have been taken of the ballot. I am not sure what the people of AK are thinking; but I am still trying to figure out how Palin got elected Gov.

    November 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Freedom Loving Patriot



    November 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Rita another Alaskan

    Please help us.This is from KTUU News in Anchorage "under state law absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Election Day. But the state will still accept those mailed in the United States through this Friday. " They are breaking the state law and allowing to count votes postmarked by this friday!!!

    November 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. julio

    Even if Senator Stevens wins, he should resign anyway. With whoever Palin chooses, it will be a clean start for the state.

    November 11, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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