Today is primary election day statewide.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 8 o’clock tonight.
Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says she expects the first results to hit the web about 9 p.m., but it will be late before all the results are in, since some rural precincts still count their ballots by hand.
“So those are usually the precincts that are the latest to report. Usually it’s around 11, midnight just because of the hand count precincts. They just take a long time to get their results in,” she says.
Absentee ballots from overseas are accepted up to 15 days after the election.
Fenumiai says the plan is to count ballots cast in the early voting process tonight with ballots cast on Election Day.
“Our first count of absentee ballots and the remaining early votes will be done seven days following the election. We go through a process to check for duplicate voting to make sure people did not vote a by-mail ballot then go to their polling place and vote on Election Day,” she says.
The state review board will convene on Sept. 12, the 16th day after the election. Fenumiai anticipates the election will be certified about Sept. 20.
Check back before 9 p.m. for election results. Also tune into KTOO Radio at 9, 10 and 11 p.m. for statewide updates from the Alaska Public Radio Network.