Early voting for the state’s primary elections starts Monday. However, there is a slight change to the process this year due to the current threat of foreign cyber attacks. The Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) said it is suspending the return of ballots online until security advancements can be made to the state voting system. “We want our voters to feel confident in our elections system and that their votes are secure, which is why we are taking proactive steps to improve how we safeguard their ballots as we head into this year’s elections,” said State Elections Director Josie Bahnke.
Voters will still be allowed to download a ballot through the DOE’s online ballot delivery system but will need to return it by either mail or fax. You can also apply to have a ballot sent to you or cast your ballot early at an early, absentee voting location.