This article has been updated to reflect a late Friday ruling.
Saturday, June 11, is election day in the special primary election to choose someone to serve the remaining months in former Rep. Don Young’s term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Alaska’s longtime representative died in March at 88.
Ballots must be postmarked or physically received by the Alaska Division of Elections by Saturday, according to the division’s website. Ballots must include a signature, an identifier and a witness signature. Identifiers include an Alaska driver’s license number, date of birth or the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number.
In Juneau, the Division of Elections’ office in the Mendenhall Mall will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on election day, according to the division’s list of absentee and in-person voting locations.
This election is the first in Alaska to be held under a new system narrowly approved by voters in 202o, and it will winnow a field of 48 candidates down to four.
Under the new system, all candidates appear on the same ballot regardless of party, voters are able to vote for only one candidate and the top four vote-getters in this special primary will go on to a special general election to be held on the same day as the regular primary, Aug. 16. The special general election will mark the debut of ranked choice voting.
According to the division, election results are expected to be posted Saturday night —likely between 8:30 and 9 p.m. —but second, third and final ballot counts are scheduled for June 15, June 17 and June 21, respectively. June 21 is also the deadline for the division to receive absentee ballots.
That means results could shift as additional votes are counted. June 25 is the target certification date for the special primary election, but that date was thrown into doubt Friday by a ruling that results could not be certified until visually impaired voters are given a “full and fair opportunity” to participate in the election.
Early turnout is relatively strong for a primary election. As of Wednesday evening, Division of Elections reported 119,279 votes had been received. For comparison, in the 2020 primary 133,569 ballots were cast, according to Division of Elections figures. Both numbers fall well short of the 361,400 ballots that were cast statewide in the 2020 general election, which included a presidential race, a House race and Senate race.
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