Official defends absentee ballot process in Nov. election

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010

JUNEAU - An Alaska elections official says most of the 54 people who claimed they didn't get absentee ballots were able to vote in last month's election.

Supporters of Republican Joe Miller have raised concerns with the absentee mail-out process. Miller has sued over the state's handling of the election.

Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says the absentee office received 54 e-mails from people who didn't get absentee ballots. In many cases, she says ballots were returned to the state as undeliverable. In others, she says people thought they'd requested ballots but hadn't.

She says most of those who contacted the office ultimately were able to vote. She says some people waited until after the election to contact the office.

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