Electronic voting in the 2022 Alaska Special Primary

Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 3:48 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - More than 500,000 ballots were mailed out to the Alaskan electorate for the June 11 primary election.

However, other voting options remain for Alaskans who are registered to vote but either didn’t receive their ballot or may have misplaced it.

Early in-person voting is available at several major cities around Alaska.

The state is also offering electronic voting. “You can request an electronic ballot on our website, or you can also call the Division offices and request a replacement that way,” said Tiffany Montemayor, Public relations Manager for the Division of Elections (DOE).

Voters can request that this ballot be either faxed or emailed to them. For email, “we’ll send you a link with a special login, and then you will follow that link and vote your ballot there,” Montemayor explained.

Once filled out, these emailed ballots must still be printed out and signed by the voter and a witness. They must then be either faxed back, or physically mailed to the Division of Elections. “You cannot send it back to us via the internet, so no email,” Montemayor warned.

Electronic ballots must be requested by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day, and if a voter is faxing them back, that must be done by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

All ballots being mailed in must be postmarked by June 11. On that day, ballot counting can officially begin.

Before a mailed-in ballot is scanned, it must first be reviewed by an Absentee Ballot Review Board, made up of a bipartisan group of voters. According to Montemayor, “They started reviewing absentee ballots on May 27th, and so they’ve been working hard to get things reviewed and prepared so that we can start scanning ballots.”

The tally begins at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Within an hour, DOE plans to release an initial first count. “Then, on June 15th, we’re going to release another set of results,” Montemayor continued. “On June 17th, we’ll release another set of results, and then the final set of results will be on June 21st.”

The review and counting process is expected to take longer than in traditional elections, due to the sheer volume of mail-in votes being processed. “We have, already, around 110,000 ballots that have been returned to us.”

The Division of Elections hopes to have the Special Primary results certified by June 25.

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