James Holmes

Anchorage Prop 5 Fails

Filed By James Holmes | April 04, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Alaska, Anchorage, anti-trans advertising, civil rights legislation, deceptive PR campaigns, One Anchorage Campaign, Prop 5

Prop-5.pngThe campaign to add protections for LGBT persons to Anchorage's non-discrimination ordinance failed on Tuesday night by a wide margin, with unofficial numbers showing 58% voting no.

The campaign hit national news when the religious back grouped, "Protect Your Rights," released a series of mis-education ads doing what they do best - demonizing the LGBT community, most viciously the trans community - all while claiming Anchorage was tolerant enough already.

Some questions still remained open on Wednesday morning due to many polling places running out of ballots due to high turnout.

An unexpectedly high turnout, with some polling places running out of ballots, resulted in a large number of votes that might be on "questioned" ballots, which have to be counted by hand. The final results may be days or longer away, said municipal clerk Barbara Gruenstein.

Polling places reported going through all of their ballots and then the back-up sample ballots provided as a ''Plan B.''

Officials at one Eagle River precinct even moved on to ''Plan C'' by photocopying sample ballots on Alpenglow Elementary School office copier.

Two times before, once in the 1970s and again in 2009, the city council voted to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city non-discrimination policy, but both were vetoed by the mayor. This was the first time the measure was placed on the ballot.

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