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Bethel Elections Chairperson Job Hale and his wife, Bethany Hale, organize the Bethel polling center on Election Day. Nov. 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
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Bethel’s state elections chairperson posted Trump campaign material around Bethel’s only voting location for Election Day. The partisan displays have seeded doubts about the Bethel election process and raised ethical concerns.


Voting stickers are offered to voters at the Bethel polling site on Election Day. Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Votes from Bethel Precinct 2 were incorrectly posted on the Alaska Division of Elections website when initially released. The division has corrected the results.

Bethel voters make their way to the polls despite a blizzard on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

These initial election results reflect ballots cast at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, in Bethel Precinct 1. They do not include all absentee and questioned ballots, and the results have not been certified by the Alaska Division of Elections.

Bethel citizens vote at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

These initial election results reflect ballots cast at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, in Bethel Precinct 2. They do not include all absentee and questioned ballots, and have not been certified by the Alaska Division of Elections.

Bethel citizens vote at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

All election precincts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have reported their first results for the 2020 General Election. Initial results show Democratic incumbents leading with wide margins in state races.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Oct. 29, Bethel Mayor Michelle DeWitt spoke with Gov. Mike Dunleavy, asking the state to take more actions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the mayor’s requests was to extend the state’s emergency disaster declaration because its expiration could affect Bethel’s authority to mandate testing at its airport. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

Attempts to create a regional tribal government for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta appear to be picking up steam. The Calista regional corporation, working with consultants, now has a process in place for each of the 56 tribes in the region to signal their intent to vote on the creation of a regional government.

Bethel Elections Chairperson Job Hale and his wife, Bethany Hale, organize the Bethel polling center on Election Day. Nov. 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Police responded to the Bethel polls at the Cultural Center on Election Day, Nov. 3, for a call saying that the Bethel Elections Chair was displaying campaign material near the voting location. State law prohibits political campaign material within 200 ft. of a voting location. Bethel Police Chief Richard Simmons said that when officers arrived, the campaign material had been removed. 

Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky (District 38) campaigns with supporters on Watson's Corner in Bethel, Alaska on Election day, Nov. 3, 2020. Initial results show Zulkosky leading in returns, but many votes remain uncounted.
Katie Basile / KYUK

 Updated 11 a.m. Nov. 4, 2020:

Most of the votes cast in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for the 2020 General Election remain uncounted as of the morning following Election Day.

Bethel voters make their way to the polls despite a blizzard on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Despite high winds and several inches of snow, Bethel voters made their way to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2020 election. 

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