Lt. governor: Voters likely to get absentee ballots on time

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004

ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Loren Leman assured voters who used a Democratic Party form to vote absentee that the Division of Elections will most likely get them their ballots on time.

Most of the returned applications contained the required information and were being processed with requests from other sources, according to Leman and Laura Glaiser, the state's election director.

But, they said, about 1,000 of the applications contained return-address stickers in the place where the voter was supposed to provide a residence address in Alaska. Glaiser said that before the application would be honored, election workers would have to contact those voters to verify that was indeed their address.

Leman said Tuesday that the Democratic Party was cooperating with his office, allowing a state employee to pick up the applications directly from the post office and agreeing that future applications would contain the Division of Elections address.

On Monday, word leaked out about a letter Gov. Frank Murkowski sent to 1,600 selected recipients, attacking the Democratic Party's absentee ballot applications.

In his Oct. 9 letter, Murkowski criticized the Democrats for printing the party's address rather than the Division of Elections' as the place to return the cards. Like the official state form, the Democrats' form asks voters to provide phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other private information, such as a Social Security number.

Murkowski said that information didn't belong in the party's hands.

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