A man heads to the City Hall Assembly Chambers to cast his ballot on Election Day on Oct. 3. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

A man heads to the City Hall Assembly Chambers to cast his ballot on Election Day on Oct. 3. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Updated election count: Voter turnout soars, preliminary results see small shifts

Leading candidates continue in their positions, rejection of City Hall bond continues to grow.

The variety of candidates to choose from on the City and Borough of Juneau’s municipal ballot this year along with the hot-button proposition appears to have roused more Juneau residents to cast their votes this election, according to an updated ballot count released Wednesday afternoon.

So far officials have counted 9,238 ballots, equating to more than a 33% voter turnout. That outpaces last year’s turnout of 9,137 ballots and more votes are likely to be added to the count before the official certification of the election, scheduled Oct. 17.

The count also indicated the candidates leading the respective races this election continue to remain in their positions, though the margins are beginning to tighten for the two Areawide Assembly seats while they grow for the two incumbent Assembly candidates.

A growing number of voters are opposing the $27 million bond measure to fund the construction of a new City Hall. The margin grew to a 647-vote lead against its passing — 4,808 against and 4,161 in favor. That gap is significantly wider than the count last Friday showing a 394-vote difference.

Paul Kelly (3,318) and Ella Adkison (2,869) continue to remain in the lead for the two Areawide seats, though Nano Brooks (2,766) is trailing ever closer behind. The count showed a tight 103-vote gap between him and Adkison, compared to last Friday’s 181-vote difference.

For District 1 and District 2 incumbents Alicia Hughes-Skandijs and Christine Woll, their lead continues to broaden against their challengers. Results show Hughes-Skandijs outpaces Joe Geldhof by 1,429 votes, and Woll leads David Morris by 2,408 votes.

Board of Education candidates David Noon (5,621) and Britteny Cioni-Haywood (5,256) also continue to lead comfortably in the race for the two open seats on the board. Both have more than 2,000 votes over Paige Sipniewski (3,000).

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651) 528-1807.

More in News

Jasmine Chavez, a crew member aboard the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, waves to her family during a cell phone conversation after disembarking from the ship at Marine Park on May 10. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Ships in port for the week of May 25

Here’s what to expect this week.

The LeConte state ferry departs Juneau on Tuesday afternoon, bound for Haines on a special round-trip following two cancelled sailings due to a mechanical problem. (Laurie Craig / Juneau Empire)
LeConte returns to service with special trip to Haines after weekend cancellation

State ferry will pick up half of nearly 60 stranded vehicles, others may have to wait until July.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Monday, May 27, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Anchorage pullers arrived at Wrangell’s Petroglyph Beach on May 23 for a canoe-naming ceremony. One of the canoes they will paddle to Juneau was dedicated to Wrangell’s Marge Byrd, Kiks.adi matriarch Shaawat Shoogoo. The canoe’s name is Xíxch’ dexí (Frog Backbone). (Becca Clark / Wrangell Sentinel)
Canoes making 150-mile journey from Wrangell, other Southeast communities to Celebration

Paddlers expected to arrive in Juneau on June 4, one day before biennial Alaska Native gathering.

The Alaska State Capitol and Dimond Courthouse are seen on Thursday morning, Jan. 18. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Judicial Council recommends Alaskans keep all judges, including figure behind correspondence ruling

The Alaska Judicial Council has voted to recommend that state voters retain… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Sunday, May 26, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Saturday, May 25, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Friday, May 24, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Wreath bearers present wreaths for fallen comrades, brothers and sisters in arms during a Memorial Day ceremony at Alaskan Memorial Park on Monday. Laying wreaths on the graves of fallen heroes is a way to honor and remember the sacrifices made. (Jasz Garrett / Juneau Empire)
Traditional Memorial Day ceremonies offer new ways to ‘never forget’ those who served

New installations at memorial sites, fresh words of reminder shared by hundreds gathering in Juneau.

Most Read