State elections officials prepare for absentee ballot count

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska election officials plan to begin counting more than 155,000 absentee and other ballots Tuesday, a week after Election Day.

    Some have questioned or criticized the lag, citing a provision of state law that says the counting of reviewed absentee ballots should begin the night of the election.

    But a spokesperson for the state Department of Law says absentee ballots are not deemed eligible for counting until voter histories have been run to guard against any possible duplicate votes.

    A spokesperson for the state Division of Elections says the process involves going through precinct registers, which election officials were still receiving Monday.

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