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May 11, 2021

Primary Night at Election Central

Election Central is one of those weird Alaska traditions that make this state and it’s political life all the more interesting. It’s a spot where candidates can come talk to the local media, and where regular folks and politics wonks and candidates and staff can watch the returns pour in on all the races. And where there’s booze. Frankly, every state should have one, and much praise to The Anchorage Daily News and the Alaska Landmine for making it happen. This year, the festivities occurred at the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage. There was some very strict totally-volunteer security happening…

Election Central! 8/21/18

ADN is partnering with The Alaska Landmine to host Election Central for the primary on August 21, 2018 . This gathering will take place starting at 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Dena’ina Center, in the Kahtnu Rooms. The Alaska Landmine will be broadcasting a Facebook Live stream with a panel of Alaskans that will provide real time coverage and analysis of the election. We will also be interviewing candidates. The event is free and open to everyone! The State is not doing an Election Central this year. We felt it was important to not only have an Election…

Bringing in the Vote – Boxes of Democracy

Last night while everyone was grabbing drinks at Election Central – Anchorage’s hard-working poll workers were finishing their 16-hour long day. Carts piled with boxes, voting machines and ballots were dragged into City Hall to be processed. The City Hall parking lot was packed, so much so that some of the workers had to pay for parking in neighboring lots (one charging $15). Water bottles and chocolates were handed out by volunteers and election officials who were waiting in a line that spiraled throughout the bottom floor of City Hall.

Zach’s Election Central Photos

It was a smaller Election Central than usual on the second floor of the Dena’ina Center but by the end of the night it was packed. It was a night of blow outs with several candidates running unopposed and at least one seat changing hands. The Nick Moe write in campaign was surprisingly successful and at last word was under 100 votes from the incumbent Ernie Hall. I guess it’s not an election in Alaska without at least one recount.