A Republican senator has proposed a bill he said would make elections more secure. But it’s raising concerns among advocates for making it easier to vote, who favor a bill proposed by a Democratic House member.
Early voting started on Monday in Alaska. And more than 35,000 Alaskans have already returned their absentee ballots. For those who haven’t cast their ballots, this is a quick guide on how to vote this year.
Ketchikan election officials say more than a dozen registered voters were mailed absentee ballot envelopes with the wrong return address.
A Division of Elections spokesperson said the lack of a proper witness signature was the number one reason why the division rejected ballots in 2016 and 2018.
For mail-in voting, applications for the primary are due Saturday, Aug. 8.
A lawsuit over the state’s decision to automatically send absentee ballot applications only to those 65 and older is headed to federal court. The lawsuit alleges that the action unconstitutionally discriminates against younger voters. Anchorage lawyer Scott Kendall filed the lawsuit on behalf of several plaintiffs. “Our lawsuit’s very simple: You want to help people…
Lt. Gov. Meyer said the state is encouraging voters to request absentee ballots or to vote early to reduce the lines on election day.
The Alaska Division of Elections has received several thousand absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 general election. Those voters would not have known that incumbent Gov. Bill Walker was ending his re-election campaign.
This would effectively turn the campaign into a two-way race between Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.
Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says those ballots could make a difference