Voter turnout down in Alaska

The Alaska Division of Elections says less than 60 percent of voters turned out for Tuesday’s election.

The Anchorage Daily News says that would be the lowest statewide turnout in a presidential election since 1996.

Division of Elections officials say turnout topped 66 percent in both the 2004 and 2008 general elections.

Division Director Gail Fenumiai says turnout was down in several categories this year, including absentee ballots sent by mail and early voting, compared to four years ago.

So far turnout for Tuesday’s election is 44 percent, but that will grow as the state begins counting another 35,000 absentee ballots by Nov. 13. Alaska has 506,432 registered voters.

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