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Anchorage officials investigate ballot shortage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage officials are investigating what went wrong in the local election Tuesday, when some precincts ran out of ballots, sending frustrated voters scrambling to other locations or perhaps not voting at all.

City Clerk Barbara Gruenstein says at least 121 people who cast ballots also registered on the same day, bypassing the 30-day requirement. Those votes will not be counted.

It's unclear how many voters responded to an erroneous campaign by a group opposed to Proposition 5, a failing ballot initiative that called for legal protections for gay and transgender residents.

The group — Protect Your Rights, Vote No On 5 — said Tuesday that people could register and vote on the same day.

Group chairman Jim Minnery has said the message was a misunderstanding with the city clerk's office.