- Nearly half of the mail-in and absentee ballots in Alaska had yet to be counted a week after
Election Day. There has to be a better way to cast and count votes.
- A national election standard allowing any registered voter to request a mail-in ballot — and requiring those mail-in votes to be counted as soon election offices receive it — would increase voter turnout and ensure that results are available within days of the election.
- Samantha Davenport is a freelance writer and lifelong Alaskan reporting on the state’s arts, history, food and inhabitants.
- This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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A week after Election Day, nearly half of the mail-in and absentee ballots in my home state of Alaska had yet to be counted.
As a solidly red state with only three electoral votes, how Alaskans