Alaska Democrat to Appeal after Republican Wins State House Recount by a Single Vote

An Alaska Democrat who was defeated after a recount in a state House election by only one single vote stated she will contest the results, Fox News informed.

Kathryn Dodge said on Wednesday that she will file all the paperwork with the Alaska Supreme Court after disagreeing with the state Division of Elections. The recount showed Republican Bart LeBon edging Dodge by one vote.

LeBon got two additional votes while Dodge only got one. The pair had been tied at 2,661 votes apiece.

“This race has gone back and forth, favoring me and my opponent at one time or another during a lengthy process,” Dodge said in a statement. “I believe that it is important to follow the process through so that absolutely no doubt remains about this incredibly close result.”

“After careful consideration & consultation with my legal team, I have decided to appeal the recount results based on decisions concerning several ballots made by the Div. of Elections with which we did not agree,” Dodge added.

State Elections Director Josie Bahnke stated that the ballot picked up by Dodge during the recount was marked by a highlighter and the machine could not read it.

LeBon got a vote that was previously rejected. Election official later found out that the voter who cast the ballot lived in the district. He also got another when officials determined the voter was eligible to vote.

With LeBon, House Republicans will get 21 members, enough to control the 40-member chamber, but they will also have control over the Senate and governor’s office.

One ballot which was not counted was found at a precinct table on Election Day but it was later determined that this belonged to a voter who made a mistake and requested another.

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