Early voting numbers on the rise in Alaska.

Published: Nov. 5, 2016 at 8:36 PM AKDT
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The Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage is a busy place lately, with lines forming 45 minutes before the doors even opened on Saturday.

“People are turning out. They want to vote,” Julie Hussman, Region 2 Elections Supervisor.

People reportedly waited in line for about an hour to cast their votes.

“We think it is very important to get that vote out,” said Juan Duriez, waiting for his chance to cast en early ballot.

Each voter has their own explanation on why they vote early.

“Mainly so I can get voting I’m a family man we don’t have much time so we try and get out a little bit earlier,” said Kevin Mansur.

“I did not want to miss an opportunity to vote but I also didn’t want stand in snow, rain, wind or whatever is going to happen Tuesday,” said Elizabeth Lee.

The steady flow of foot traffic was not a surprise for those in charge on Saturday.

“Through yesterday we were at 29,000 as a state and some change,” said Hussman.

The supervisor says this year’s early voting numbers are already much larger than those from past presidential election years.

In 2008 Hussman said the state had around 24,000 early votes, and then about 22,000 in 2012.

“I’m expecting this to continue, one thing about the early vote station is it's at all 40 districts,” said Hussman.

Last day to early vote is November 7th, and Election Day is November 8th.