History Shows Low Primary Voter Turnout


by Gretchen Parsons

 ANCHORAGE -    Among registered voters in Alaska, the voter turnout rate in the past for the primary elections has been less than modest.

In the last gubernatorial non-presidential election year, 2010, only 35 percent of registered Alaskans voted in the primary elections and just below 60 percent in the general.

Whether it be a number of controversial ballot initiatives on the ticket or a cut throat U.S. Senate race, the numbers for this Primary election are a significant improvement from 2010.

As of Monday Morning more than 8,000 Alaskans have cast an early vote compared with just over 5,000 four years prior.