Voters in Anchorage on Tuesday appear to have rejected an ordinance which would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative.

With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, the measure was failing with 58 percent of voters opposed to Proposition 5, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Neither One Anchorage, which supported the measure, nor Protect Your Rights – Vote No On Prop 5, the campaign to defeat it, had released a statement as of Wednesday morning.

An unexpectedly high turnout led some polling places to run out of ballots, which resulted in many replacement ballots – created from photocopies – having to be counted by hand. The confusion and long lines frustrated some people who gave up and left without voting. Municipal clerk Barbara Gruenstein said an official result may be days away.

“We have complete faith in the electoral process, and the clerk's office needs to be the one to evaluate the situation,” said Trevor Storrs, spokesman for the One Anchorage campaign.

A poll of 500 voters conducted by Dittman Research Communications favored supporters, with 50 percent saying they favored the measure and 41 percent opposed. Nine percent refused to answer.

A similar ordinance approved by the Anchorage Assembly was vetoed by Mayor Dan Sullivan in 2009.

(Related: Anchorage gay protections Prop 5 supporters call opponents' ad “dehumanizing.”)