—By Matt Buxton, News-Miner report Woodriver Elementary School, which sits in the University West voter precinct, has been at the heart of clean air debates and has some of the worst wint…
voters stopped by the West Fairbanks polling station in a neighborhood well-known for its troubles with wood smoke.
But even at Woodriver Elementary School, where kids have to stay inside during recess on smoky days, voters were split on the air quality-focused Proposition 2, which bans certain devices and introduces emissions standards for solid fuel burning devices.
Of 50 respondents to an exit poll survey conducted by the News-Miner between 5 and 6 p.m., 26 people said they voted “yes” and 24 people said they voted “no.”
Many people who said they voted in favor of Proposition 2 said they were tired of breathing the smoky air in the area.
Mika Weakland said she voted “yes” because she believed air quality will continue to get worse without regulations in place but also because she was concerned about the well-being of school kids who attend Woodriver.
“My child will go to this school and that will be a big issue,” she said.
(…) At 6 p.m., about 420 people had cast ballots at the Woodriver precinct, slightly above average for this type of election, poll workers said.