Officials with the state and with Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, hope to avoid any confusion about voting in this year’s primary and general elections. Anchorage has moved to a vote-by-mail system for its local elections. However, the state has not gone that route and will conduct the Aug. 21 primary and Nov. 6 general elections as normal. That typically means voting in person. However, a voter also can request an absentee ballot, which can be returned in the mail — one of the options the state offers for casting ballots. Samantha Miller, communications manager for the state Division of Elections, said officials with the division and municipality planned to meet Monday to discuss the upcoming elections.
She said the division would be doing voter outreach regardless of whether Anchorage had gone to a vote-by-mail system. She said the division wants to work with Anchorage to reduce any potential for voter confusion.
The division has already posted notices on its website and on social media informing voters that state elections this year will not be carried out through Anchorage’s vote-by-mail system. Legislation would be required to move away from the state’s existing precinct-based system, the division says.