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Juneau changes law to make voting easier

Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- It will be easier to vote absentee under a series of changes in the city's election code approved by Juneau Assembly members Monday.

The changes allow Juneau residents to vote absentee for any reason and have their names placed on a permanent absentee voter list to automatically receive applications for a ballot.

In addition, people will be able to vote absentee by fax. City Clerk Laurie Sica said the city would set up a dedicated fax line for ballots, and an attendant who has taken an oath as an election worker would monitor the machine.

The state has allowed fax voting for several years. A person who votes by fax agrees to a small loss of privacy, Sica said.

In the future, the city could purchase equipment allowing voters to fax ballots directly into a computer, Sica said.



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