A ballot box logo is seen on election materials from the Alaska Division of Elections in this undated file photo. (Alaska Division of Elections)

A ballot box logo is seen on election materials from the Alaska Division of Elections in this undated file photo. (Alaska Division of Elections)

State seeks poll workers in village that failed to vote

The Alaska Division of Elections is seeking poll workers in a Yukon River village that failed to turn in any ballots for the August statewide primary.

Stevens Village, which has 76 registered voters, failed to return its election packet to the Alaska Division of Elections following the Aug. 21 vote. Division officials still do not know how many residents voted in the primary or what their votes were. The election was certified Sept. 4 without results from Stevens Village.

“Aside from flying there, there’s not really much we can do,” division spokeswoman Samantha Miller said by phone.

Stevens Village is in House District 6, but there were no contested district-level primary races, so the absence of votes from the village did not affect primary-election results.

Miller said she is not certain what caused the failure. Asked whether the division has replaced the workers behind the primary, she said, “we’re trying to recruit right now.”


• Contact reporter James Brooks at jbrooks@juneauempire.com or 523-2258.


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