Early voting off to slow start in Alaska

    Just over 200 ballots - half of which hail from Anchorage - were cast in the first two days.

    Early voting ahead of the August 16th primary election is off to a slow start.

    Polls opened Monday at the Regional Election Office in midtown Anchorage, but few voters had showed up Tuesday.

    Elections Supervisor Julie Husmann tells KTVA-11 that having empty voting booths, even this early, is unusual.

    On the first day of early voting, 215 ballots were cast, half of which came from anchorage.

    Although presidential election years typically see a surge in voter interest, primary election turnout depends on high-profile statewide contests, which have been low-key this year. Also, the only ballot proposition - to automatically register voters through permanent fund dividend applications - was bumped to the November election.

    Husmann says poll volunteers are being let go until business starts to pick up.

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