Lack of postmark caused hundreds of ballots from Juneau's by mail election to be thrown out

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There were hundreds of ballots not counted in Juneau's by mail election in October because their ballots were not postmarked. "Three-hundred and thirty-nine unfortunate souls," according to Assembly member Wade Bryson while a guest on Action Line.

    Assembly member Wade Bryson with the number of ballots rejected as a result.

    Bryson was asked on Action Line how this might call into question of proceeding with by mail balloting in the future.

    Bryson responded by saying that the city recommends that voters take the extra step of watching postal officials post mark their ballot.

    Since the second by-mail election conducted in Juneau did not have a turnout greater than was produced by in-person balloting, Bryson inquired at the Assembly meeting following the election if the decision to proceed with by mail elections in the future should be revisited.  Bryson said his suggestion was "shot down", in his words.

    Program co host Pete Carran said he hoped someone from City Hall was in communication with postal service authorities which spurred Bryson to say that maybe a presentation to the Assembly by the  a postal service should be arranged.


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