It appears someone registered to vote in Alaska and another state cast ballots in both states during the November election, an Alaska elections official said Thursday. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said the matter was sent to the criminal division of the Department of Law for review earlier this month. “At this point in time, it appears to be the same person,” Fenumiai told The Associated Press. “Signatures look the same. Other information matches. And I believe it’s the same person.” She declined to identify the other state.
A Department of Law spokeswoman confirmed the department had received the information but said department generally doesn’t comment on whether or not an investigation is under way.
If the case were substantiated, Fenumiai said it would be the first such case that she’s run across in her 15 years of working for elections.
She said people can remain registered to vote in Alaska as long as they intend to return to the state one day. The Division of Elections follows maintenance rules for voter rolls, keeps in contact with the Department of Corrections to remove any ineligible voters convicted of certain felonies and works with the Bureau of Vital Statistics to remove from the rolls people who have died, she said.