2020 Election


Three Kenai Peninsula legislators released a statement on Monday afternoon, calling on Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy to join Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's suit asking the U.S Supreme Court to order state legislatures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to refuse to honor certified election results in their states and choose new presidential electors.

The Texas suit alleges that judicial changes made to voting procedures in the interest of public safety during the coronavirus pandemic were unlawful.

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KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spent lunchtime outside of Homer City Hall on election day to talk to poll workers, election officials and voters.

She staked out in the parking lot, which was filled with people coming and going in cars covered in political stickers and great big flags. 

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   The latest results for House District 31 from the State of Alaska Division of Elections show Rep. Sarah Vance with a solid 2,200 vote lead over challenger Kelly Cooper. With nine of nine precincts reporting, Vance has 3,711 votes, or 70 percent, to Cooper’s 1,571, or 30 percent. 

Thousands of absentee ballots hold key to many election races

Nov 4, 2020
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    As expected, election night came and went with the vast majority of races -- including House District 31 -- left in limbo, as the Alaska Division of Elections will wait a week before counting absentee ballots. 


    The only results reported from election night will be from in-person early voting and from ballots cast in precincts on election day. 

It's a great day to vote

Nov 3, 2020
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Tune in to KBBI AM890 for national election coverage this afternoon and evening from NPR, and stay tuned for Alaska election news from KBBI and APRN from 9 to 11 p.m.

Absentee ballots flood in

Nov 3, 2020
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According to State Division of Elections figures, there will be well over 4,000 absentee ballots of all kinds cast in House District 31.

    There will be a minimum of 4,126 absentee-by-mail and absentee-in-person ballots counted seven days after election day. That figure may grow as more ballots are received from remote districts and overseas military voters.

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District 31 candidates for Alaska House of Representatives are the guests on this week's Coffee Table. Click on the audio below to hear incumbent Representative Sarah Vance of Homer and candidate Kelly Cooper of Kachemak City take questions from the listeners and talk about their plans for serving in the Alaska State Legislature. 

Early voting available at city hall

Oct 19, 2020
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In-person voting for the 2020 General Election will be open beginning Tuesday (Oct. 20).

Ballots will be available for registered voters in District 31. 

Absentee-in-person voting will be available Monday-Friday during regular business hours at city hall, downstairs in the Cowles Council Chambers until November 2.


This week's Coffee Table looks at Ballot Measure 1. a proposition on the November 3rd ballot to increase taxes on BP, Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil and Hilcorp Energy - on at least three oil production fields on the North Slope.

City of Homer

   Final results in the Homer Municipal Election will have to wait until Monday to be certified. An unusually large number of absentee ballots were cast during the election and will have to be counted by the canvass board. Due to typos on the city's preliminary unofficial certificate of election, KBBI incorrectly reported previously that absentee ballots were included in the official total.

Election Day features new polling place in Homer

Oct 5, 2020
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    Tuesday is municipal election day on the Kenai Peninsula. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and remember, in Homer there is no longer a polling place at the senior center. It's been moved to United Methodist Church.

    On the ballot, first term Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is running for re-election, against Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, whom he narrowly defeated three years ago. Also on the ballot is Troy Nightingale.

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The Alaska Public Employees Association and American Federation of Teachers Employee Political Information Committee has released its slate of endorsements in Federal, State and Local Elections. 

Kelly Cooper

On this week's Coffee Table, the guest is Kelly Cooper.

Cooper is the current Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President. She’s challenging incumbent Sarah Vance for District 31 Representative to the Alaska House of Representatives in the November election.

Cooper took questions from the listeners and laid out her platform. Click on the link to hear the show.

City of Homer

    The slate is set for October’s Homer Municipal Elections. The filing period closed Monday at 5 p.m.

    First-term Homer Mayor Ken Castner is facing a challenge from current City Councilmember Donna Aderhold. Aderhold is in the second year of her second three-year term on the council.

    Fellow council members Rachel Lord and Caroline Venuti are both seeking election to second terms. 

Castner files for second term as Homer Mayor

Aug 5, 2020
City of Homer

    The application period to file for city office just opened, and already there are two hats in the ring for the job of Homer Mayor. Incumbent first-term Mayor Ken Castner filed for re-election on Monday, and welcomed the challenge by a council member.

        “I like competition, and that will bring out some good debate,” he said.
On the first day filing was open Councilmember Donna Aderhold filed for mayor.