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It's Election Day, and the polls are open in Unalaska.

One hundred and sixteen early voters have already cast their ballots, which will help choose a new president as well as decide who represents Alaska in Washington D.C. and who controls the state Legislature.

That's a huge turnout for early voters in Unalaska, according to City Clerk Cat Hazen.

"It is way beyond anything we've ever seen," she said. "I think, normally, we're used to 30 or 40."

Hazen said she expects the strong showing to continue Tuesday.

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It’s official. Frank Kelty will be mayor of Unalaska, and Roger Rowland will keep his seat on the City Council.

The council certified the results of the city’s runoff election at a special session Monday night.

Current Mayor Shirley Marquardt was not at the meeting. She lost her reelection bid by just five votes last week, after holding the top job for more than a decade.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

For the first time in a dozen years, Unalaska has a new mayor.

Frank Kelty defeated incumbent Shirley Marquardt in the city's runoff election by just five votes. City officials made the announcement Friday morning after canvassing about 90 absentee and questioned ballots.

State of Alaska Division of Elections

Update 11/7/16: Stan Swetzof missed the deadline to file as a write-in candidate for House District 37. Write-in votes for Swetzof cannot be counted.

In this b​usy election season, Unalaskans aren't ju​st picking the mayor or president. They're als​o voting on which repres​entative to send to June​au for the next two years.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

In Unalaska, the highly contested races for mayor and City Council seat C are still too close to call — even after Tuesday's runoff election.

Mayor Shirley Marquardt and challenger Frank Kelty are in a dead heat, with Kelty leading the incumbent by just one vote.

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