State officials hope to avoid confusion over voting after city holds first mail-in election

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Officials with the state and with Alaska's largest city hope to avoid any confusion about voting in this year's primary and general elections.

The Municipality of Anchorage has moved to a vote-by-mail system for its local elections.

However, the state has not gone that route and will conduct Aug. 21 primary and Nov. 6 general elections as normal.

That typically means voting in person. However, a voter can request an absentee ballot, which can be returned in the mail.

Samantha Miller is a spokeswoman for the state Division of Elections. She says the division would be doing voter outreach regardless of whether Anchorage had gone to a vote-by-mail system.

But she says the division wants to work with Anchorage to reduce any potential for voter confusion.

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