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Ballot Counting Schedule

Counting of Ballots at a Precinct Polling Place

Ballots that are voted on Election Day or at a polling place are counted, recorded and uploaded to the statewide ballot tabulation system on Election Night after the polls close.

Early Vote Ballots

Early vote ballots received through the day prior to Election Day will be counted Election Night. Early vote ballots received on Election Day will be counted, in accordance with Alaska law, no later than 15 days after Election Day

Official By-Mail, By-Fax, In-Person and Special Needs Ballots

To prevent duplicate voting, it is the policy of the Division of Elections to count by-mail, by-fax, in-person and special needs ballots after Election Day. This allows the division to compare the precinct sign-in registers and all other voting methods prior to counting the ballots. In accordance with Alaska law, ballots must be counted no later than 15 days after Election Day.

Questioned Ballots

Questioned ballots are counted after Election Day, and in accordance with Alaska law, they must be counted no later than 15 days after Election Day.

Special Absentee Ballots and the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

In accordance with Alaska law, special absentee and FWAB ballots are reviewed after the official ballots have been counted. If the official ballot is received from the voter in time to be counted, then the special absentee ballot or FWAB is set aside. If the voter's official ballot does not arrive in time to be counted, then the special absentee ballot or FWAB ballot is counted, if applicable.

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