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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Alaska update: more ballots uncounted

My original post covers the strange drop in turnout in Alaska, and the strong skew toward Republicans compared to election week polls.

But there are new developments:

Elections officials now report that uncounted ballots number closer to 100,000 than 50,000, so turnout is a much more reasonable 63%, with time enough for a few thousand more ballots to arrive before counting begins later this week.

Alaska has a large vote-by-mail population, so it may be that ballots were simply delayed. It will be interesting to see if the vote-by-mail folks break heavily Democratic, making the polls more accurate than previously thought.

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