Mail by voting is going to go national. The evidence of how well it works keeps adding up.
That’s no news to us in Oregon, of course, where it’s worked extremely well for more two two decades. It’s been picked up in a growing number of places, notably Washington state to the north, and it’s been doing well everywhere.
The latest evidence comes from Alaska.
State 49 held local election this week, and Anchorage was experimenting with mail-in voting. Election officials there said they were hoping for a modest boost in turnout.
We don’t yet know what the final tally will be, but the boost is likely to be a lot more than modest.
Election day was Tuesday. The Anchorage Daily News reported, “About 80,000 ballots had been received by elections officials at the end of the day Wednesday. More were still on the way. Until now, the most ballots the city had ever received in a local race was 71,099 votes in 2012.”
But that’s only the beginning. As the paper noted, Alaskans tend to be last-minute people, and a further deluge of ballots is expected to come in over the next few days.
They’re voting a lot up there. And more and more states will catch on to this. – rs