Questioned ballots to be counted after in-person votes

Courtesy: MGN Online
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Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 7:03 PM AKDT
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With the possibility that tens of thousands of votes could come in as absentee or questioned, the Division of Elections has laid out its timeline for counting those ballots after election day.

More than about 19,000 votes will not be counted immediately Tuesday night for the 2018 Statewide Primary election. Questioned ballots cast in person on Election Day won’t be counted for at least a week.

According to the Division of Elections web site, 9,836 people requested absentee ballots by mail before the deadline this year. Early voters numbered 6,906. All together 18,821 special ballots, which include absentee by mail, by fax, online delivery, early voting, absentee in-person requests and special needs ballots, were requested before election day. The Division showed that 12,875 had already been returned by election day, though some people may have requested an absentee ballot and changed their mind to vote in person.

With more than 100,000 voters

– after voters opted to tie voter registration to the Permanent Fund Dividend application – how many people voted a questioned ballot Tuesday due to the change is still unknown. Those ballots won’t be counted until at least August 28, only after their district's voter register has been checked for voter history and duplicate voters.

In addition to in-person votes, ballots counted Tuesday night will include early ballots cast through Monday, Aug. 20, and the first of two counts of absentee ballots cast through Friday, Aug. 17.

On Aug. 28, more early votes cast on Election Day will be counted, along with questioned ballots, and a second count of absentee ballots. On Friday, Aug. 31, all remaining absentee and questioned ballots will be counted.