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    Anchorage clerk says many ballots had all ovals filled in, which confused vote counters

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    Anchorage Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones offered an explanation as to why the vote count has taken longer than expected in this year’s city elections. An April 7 email detailed some of the challenges facing the municipal election team, including strange ballot markings.

    Jones noted that her team had received 45,726 ballots on April 5, the eve of the election. They had also taken in an additional 10,606 votes that were cast on Election Day – April 6 – which is a low number, she admitted. Jones said the counting team faced a challenge when it was discovered that many ballots had “stray marks”

     “Although there were various combinations, many of these ballots had the oval next to the selected candidate filled in, yet the ovals of all of the other candidates were also filled in and crossed off,” Jones said. “It wasn’t until the MOA Elections Team tabulated the results on Election Night and completed our review tonight, that we understood that this much larger number of ballots were sequestered and awaiting adjudication, or human review, resulting in the low number of total votes cast on Election Night.”

    “Once we understood the problem and completed adjudication today, the results tonight look much more like what we would have expected on Election Night,” Jones added. “Adjudication is an important feature of the Vote at Home/Vote by Mail system because when voters vote at home and make a mistake, we want voters to be able to easily correct the mistake without obtaining a replacement ballot. Now that we understand this issue, we don’t expect issue will slow us down in the rest of this election or in future elections.”

    It’s not clear why voters would have filled out all the ovals and then crossed off the ones they did not like. Jones’ email did not offer a rational for the bizarre markings on the ballots.

    According to Jones, a total of 57,900 envelopes have been processed through the mail sorter as of April 7. In addition, she estimates that there are another 15,000 envelopes in the Election Center that still need to be processed through the sorter. To date, just under 42,000 votes have been counted, which means there are more than 30,000 left to tabulate.

    “It is difficult to estimate the exact timeline for ballot tabulation because after the envelopes are processed and the signatures are reviewed, the envelopes are opened and the ballots are separated; then the ballots are scanned, adjudicated, and tabulated,” Jones said.

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. People whom vote should be able to read English. If they don’t know how to read English they should not be voting.

    2. I was under the understanding that stray marks invalidated that ballot. With that being said, I’m thinking because of the confusion people had they figured they had to fill in all the ovals and cross off the unwanted ones. Your easy fix became confusing to some I’m sure! This is only my opinion but close to the facts I’m thinking from people I’ve talked to about this issue.

      • That is strange! The entire thing is a charade. Likely all of those ‘mismarked’ ballots were pranks given how poorly managed ballot distribution is in the muni. I would say every single ballot is suspect unless one can guarantee the voter is registered, living, a resident, and indeed is the person who filled out the ballot.

    3. I would bet they voted for a Republican and someone found out and had them change there vote.
      Plus the name not crossed out is probably a Democrats.
      I would not put it pass the municipal to count these ballots.
      Stop the mail in voting.

    4. There is no problem with the ballots ,,, What we see are the lying cheating communist bastards in action… Dominion is domination through any means. Filthy vile evil…

    5. No doubt these were ballots cast by groups of people that read the line about marking out incorrectly voted items with a single line through the oval and name. This just makes it easier for someone to change the ballot after the fact. So the suggestion I heard on Facebook was to mark all of the ovals and line through the ones you don’t want. This way your ballot cannot be tampered with.

    6. Is it going to change the outcome on prop 2 “rank voting”? Sure hope so…. Also, according to algorism found by a math guy,
      All states are discovering that all machines were corrupted by China….. just saying. I really want to know the truth.

    7. they need to get rid of dominion, mail out ballots, rank voting, and 2 weeks of counting all are recipes for fraud!!!!!!!! Anyone that says no is not being truthful and or voted for biden

    8. And there it is Blatantly said they are confused because all the ovals were filled in & others crossed off. Sounds like those would need to be removed not counted. Total BS. Someoneq did that on purpose. Throw those ones out or call each voter that had a ballot like that & ask them if they did fill all the ovals in it just seems like fraud BS. make it simple Circle the one you are voting for nothing more nothing less. Its a bunch of BS

    9. And there it is Blatantly said they are confused because all the ovals were filled in & others crossed off. Sounds like those would need to be removed not counted. Total BS. Someone did that on purpose. Throw those ones out or call each voter that had a ballot like that & ask them if they did fill all the ovals in it just seems like fraud BS. make it simple Circle the one you are voting for nothing more nothing less. Its a bunch of BS

    10. Simple solution; absentee ballots only, get off your phone, computer, game, and go vote IN PERSON like you should and this monkey business would stop.

    11. This should never happen,
      What the people are doing his making sure their vote doesn’t get changed after it leaves their possession. Mark all the names then cross out the one you don’t want.
      You the vote counters have proven you cannot be trusted by a lot of voters.
      You earned that distrust.

      • So True. It is a shame we live in a country that is run by CHEATERS; I mean the democrat party that has captured the vote counting process. I am not suggesting that republicans are above corruption at all but it appears the vote count corruption SYSTEM/TECHNIQUE has been perfected by the democrats. All voting machines should be illegal. Vote counting needs to be policed by people with integrity. Who in Alaska took the ‘pay-off’ for accepting the Dominion machines; The Governor?, The secretary of state, Who? Has this been investigated?

    12. I don’t live in the municipality but just a thought,could this be confusion related to rank choice voting? Is that the kind of voting that just took place in Anchorage? I recall reading about choosing more than one person,etc and it seemed confusing to me as I’ve not voted that way before, but I’m not sure which kind of voting just took place there recently and one would think it would be clearly spelled out if more than one choice was needed. It will be a mess with future voting unless this gets straightened out.

    13. Defacing the ballots you don’t want to count or not marked as the drone thinks is for the greater good…….
      I drew a line on the candidate I didn’t want my ballot changed too.
      I have ZERO confidence in the election farce crammed down our throats under the guise of turnout and costs.

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