Last Presidential Vote Goes to Adak Resident
Tuesday, November 06 2012
Someone in Adak will have the distinction of being the last person in the nation to cast their vote in the Presidential Election today. Adak is in a different time zone from most of Alaska, so their polls will close an hour later than the rest of the state. City manager Layton Lockett knows Adak won't swing the general election, but he's still excited.
“I mean really any significance? No. I think we’re all going to know where we’re going to be at by that point, so it's kind of disheartening, but we figured you know, let's throw a little bit of humor into this, you know?”
In the past, Adak residents voted absentee, sending their ballots off the island. But this year the community has its own polling place, which Lockett hopes will increase voter turnout. With the added incentive of potentially being the nation’s last voter, he thinks even more people might head to the polls.
“It’s been kind of slow so far. We’re expecting it to be average, but we’re going to mention this around town, so maybe we’ll get a whole lot more before the day’s out!”
That said, he hopes Adak residents won’t wait too long to cast their ballots. No matter what, the polls are closing at 8 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian time.