Alaska voter case under review

JUNEAU — 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.

Alaska was among 22 states that joined for a cross-check of voter registration rolls. In April, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s office announced that more than 25,000 Alaska voters might also be registered in other states and 14 individuals may have voted in two states during the November general election. Treadwell, who oversees state elections, cautioned at the time that those 14 might involve something as simple as a father and son with the same name.

Fenumiai said Thursday that she’s waiting for information on one other individual. Other than that, she said the review is finished.

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