The Alaska Elections Division received more than 90,000 mail-in ballots for the U.S. House Special Primary Election

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – The special primary election to fill the seat of the late Representative Don Young in the United States House of Representatives is underway.

The Alaska Division of Elections mailed about 563,000 ballots to registered voters and had received 96,111 ballots as of June 1, according to their latest ballot count. This is the first-ever statewide election conducted by mail, and ballots are due by June 11. In-person early and mail-in voting is available at select locations across the state.

Voters in Alaska who plan to vote by mail will need to fill out their ballots, put them in a secret pocket, and then in the return envelope. Once this is complete, the ballot envelope must be signed by the voter and a witness.

“So people want to know if I’m voting for one, voting for four?” said Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections. “You only vote for one candidate in the special primary election, as you will in the August 16 primary election. It is not an election by preferential vote, it is another question that people have asked themselves.

The top four candidates from the primary will advance to the special general election on August 16. Further information on the special election can be found on the Alaska Division of Elections website.

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