Republicans make up ground on second day of in-person voting: State of the Race

The Midtown Mall early in-person voting location. (Photo by Matt Buxton/TMS)

Alaskans cast another 3,866 early in-person votes on Tuesday, according to voting numbers released by the Alaska Division of Elections this morning, bringing the total early in-person vote to 7,592.

In today’s update, Republicans made up ground statewide and now hold a slight lead over Democrats in terms of number of early in-person votes. The absentee voting numbers, where Democrats hold a wide lead, are only updated twice a week and have not been updated since yesterday’s post.

With strong showings in the Mat-Su Valley districts, the total number of Republican voters casting early in-person votes now stands at 1,850 while Democrats sit at 1,826.

Independent voters—those who identify as undeclared or nonpartisan voters—still account for the largest group of voters with a total of 3,682 votes cast so far.

Early in-person voting opened on Monday at dozens of locations throughout the state but a vast majority of those locations are considered to be early in-person absentee voting, which are not accounted for in these numbers and will not be counted until a week after election day along with by-mail absentee votes.

The numbers represented in this post come only from the 10 voting locations that offer early in-person voting–all but one of which are in urban communities. Ballots cast at these locations through Oct. 29 will be counted on election night. In 2016, 39,242 ballots were cast in this manner.

Before we get to the charts covering Tuesday’s voting and the overall early in-person voting, here’s a few takeaways we have from today’s numbers:

  • Juneau’s House Districts 34 and 33 were the busiest in the state on Tuesday (the State Office Building location was closed on Monday in observance of Alaska Day) with a combined 670 votes cast. Democrats have a 2:1 advantage over Republicans in HD 34 (Rep. Andi Story v. Ed King) and a 5:1 advantage in the heavily blue HD 33. Again, independents still hold the overall majority in these districts (as is the case in just about every district in the state).
  • The first early in-person votes were cast on Tuesday for House Districts 36 and 37. They were the only districts that registered zero votes on the first day of voting. HD 37 has four early votes (four independent votes) and HD 36 has one vote cast by an undeclared voter.
  • After Juneau’s House District 34, it’s Palmer’s House District 11 that has the second-highest turnout so far with a grand total of 550 votes cast. There, Republicans have cast 161 votes, Democrats have cast 86 and independents have cast 283 votes.

Total early in-person voting as of Oct. 21, 2020

DistrictTotal VotesRDUNAOther
Statewide7,5921,8501,8262,2341,44816668
11692647652551
295242140820
31134012411712
435058129976042
52575157885254
6722312211420
74211665113062102
832412834956142
92328024814133
1028111733814163
1155016186168115119
1231412142756475
1360191122800
14692513151411
15901635261210
161853664552910
1720833704842132
1828749868456111
19921035281612
20363521328879102
213015187926731
221695039452951
232064849554374
242857055935674
251834347523353
262247944603551
272084967612560
283268766976565
299240210
301001000
317300130
326212100
334443416612611035
3458187176161143113
3510024310
361001000
374002200
384012100
39901028321640
401000010

Early in-person voting for just Oct. 20, 2020

DistrictTotal VotesRDUNAOther
Statewide3,8669628821,1497498836
1891128341231
251111619410
34617516512
41882866642712
51072423352032
63311510700
72108525583651
81586610423631
91074011361631
101376415341932
112637233915575
121545822383033
133211413400
1422934600
1547716131100
16861927241600
17981533251870
181412838403050
195152314801
201562852324031
211322435373321
22812020271130
23992027292030
241514423552432
25983023261432
261194320332111
271133226331840
281715028612723
296130110
300000000
314000130
324111100
3332326120888324
343476094988591
354002110
361001000
374002200
381001000
39322713730
400000000

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