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Alaska awaits count of more than 100,000 absentee ballots

Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 4:04 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With early and in-person vote counting now reporting at 100% complete, Alaska will have to wait until next Tuesday, November 10th, to learn the results of absentee voting.

According to data from the Alaska Division of Elections (DOE), this year has seen record numbers of absentee ballots cast, with nearly 108 thousand reported between mail-in and absentee in-person voting.

Absentee in-person voting happens when a someone votes in-person at a precinct other than the one that will count their ballot. Those ballots are sent to the relevant precinct and are counted at the same time and in the same way as by-mail absentee ballots.

According to Tiffany Montemayor, Public Relations Manager with the Alaska DOE, as absentee ballots are received by regional elections offices, they are logged.

Then, the ballots are checked to make sure they are from someone who is registered to vote and has filled in all the required personal information.

Lastly, the ballots are checked against in-person voting to ensure no duplicates before being opened.

Montemayor explained that Alaska waits a week to count its absentee ballots because “In a state that is larger than the other three largest states combined with many communities not connected by road, getting the precinct registers delivered back to the Division takes time. The voting process has always been unique in Alaska, and this is just one more aspect that is unique.”

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