After Anchorage success, state considers whether Alaska is ready for elections by mail

Advisory committee will make recommendations this summer

A Municipality of Anchorage vote-by-mail drop box is seen in an undated photo. (Maria Athens | For the Juneau Empire)

By the numbers alone, Anchorage’s first election held by mail has been a smashing success.

Election Day was Tuesday, and almost 80,000 votes have already been received by elections officials, setting a record for the most ever cast in an Anchorage muncipal election.

State elections officials have already been asking the obvious question: If it worked for Anchorage, could it work for the rest of the state?

“I think it very well might,” said Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak and a member of the state’s elections policy task force. “If half of our population is voting by mail and it’s a good experience, why wouldn’t the rest of the state want to do that?”

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