Assembly approves vote-by-mail for future electionsIn a 9-2 vote late Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly approved an ordinance that directs future city elections to be mainly conducted as vote-by-mail contests.
The change would mean that starting in the 2017 election, unless otherwise decided by the Assembly, the city would offer a few accessible voting centers in place of the current 122 precincts, Moser* said. Voters can return ballots by mailing them to the city with a first-class stamp, leaving them at one of the voting locations or putting them in a drop box.
Elections officials have cited high voting numbers elsewhere in the country where mail balloting takes place to justify the switch.
Proponent cite reports from other cities showing a much higher voting rate; opponents worry about fraud.
Not to worry, say the backers: there will be a signature verification process. Because that won't add layers of complication, tie up city workers, or take any time at all.
Yeah, right. Sigh...
* Not further identified in the story, so readers have absolutely no idea who "Moser" is.