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Voter Registration Records Under Review


February 03, 2010
Wednesday AM

The Alaska State Division of Elections began its annual review in January of voter registration records to inactivate the records of voters who have not voted or had contact with the division in the previous four years.

Under State law, the division must send two notices to voters prior to inactivating their record. The division has recently mailed the second and final notice to 11,888 voters. Voters who do not respond to this notice by March 4, 2010 will be inactivated and their names will not appear on the list of names used at the polling place.

Voters whose registration records have been inactivated due to list maintenance may still vote using a questioned ballot. If they vote at any time within four years after being inactivated their ballot will count. Voting a questioned ballot will also activate and update their voter registration record.

"It is important for people to respond to the notice if they want to remain a registered voter", said Gail Fenumiai, Director of the Division of Elections. There are numerous cases where voters move either out of State or elsewhere in Alaska and simply fail to notify the division. If you receive a notice addressed to a voter that is no longer at the address, please mark "Return to Sender" and send the notice back to the Division of Elections. This will allow the division to inactivate the voter's record.




Source of News:

Alaska Division of Elections
Office of the Lieutenant Governor


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