Polling Places Running Out of Ballots

Some polling places ran out of municipal election ballots. ┬áLisa Reider-Bott of Eagle River said she arrived at her polling place at the Eagle River Lions Club about 6:00 p.m. but couldn’t vote.

When I was in to vote … I waited in line a few moments and the ballot gal notified us that they had run out of ballots, that they had called that in … they were going to try to get more ballots out there, but they didn’t know if or when and she understoord that several other precincts had run out of ballots.

Municipal elections staff confirmed that they ran out of ballots at several locations including the Eagle River Lions Club and Service High School. Elections staff asked voters whose polling places ran out of ballots to vote absentee. Voters could cast an absentee ballot at U.A.A. or at the Ted Steven International Airport. Polling places were open until 8:00 p.m. tonight.

Voters contacted KSKA regarding ballot shortages at the Eagle River Lions Club, Service High School, Chester Valley 300, and Nunaka Valley Elementary School. KTUU is reporting 18 polling places have run out of ballots so far.

This is a developing story. Please check back and listen to KSKA FM 91.1 for updates.

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Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.