Mallott: No major voting problems after legal settlement

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says he saw no substantive problems during his visit to rural communities to monitor voting in this week's primary election.

    He also says he got the impression from the U.S. Department of Justice that this was a good first statewide election following last year's settlement of a lawsuit over the translation of voting materials for voters with limited English proficiency.

    Mallott and Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke were among the state officials who met with Justice representatives Thursday to discuss Tuesday's elections. The department had election watchers in Alaska.

    Bahnke said her division would need to provide more training to bilingual outreach workers to better assist voters. She didn't know how many people asked for language assistance Tuesday.

    A message left for a Department of Justice spokesman wasn't immediately returned.

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