Early tally shows Anchorage Assembly member surviving recall

    Meg Zaletel

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage Assembly member targeted for recall by people upset over COVID-19 mandates had an early lead in the mail-in election.

    Results posted Tuesday evening show about 61% of the 9,346 votes tallied rejected the recall of Meg Zaletel.

    The votes counted represent about 22% of registered voters in Zaletel’s midtown Anchorage district.

    More than 36,000 ballots were mailed to eligible voters.

    To be counted, ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, and it’s unclear how many will be returned.

    Anchorage Deputy Clerk Erika McConnell said unofficial results will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the election is certified next month.

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