A graphic shows Alaska voters’ party affiliations. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

A graphic shows Alaska voters’ party affiliations. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

More than 100,000 Alaskans have already voted in the Nov. 3 election

117,281 Alaskans have already cast their ballots

With four days to go until election day, 117,281 Alaskans have already cast their ballots, according to data from the Alaska Division of Elections (DOE).

As of Oct. 3, there were 594,464 registered voters in Alaska, most of whom are not Republicans or Democrats. 144,802 are Republicans, 80,017 are Democrats and 18,458 are independents, however, 258,830 have an undeclared party or political group affiliation, according to DOE data.

In State House District 29, which includes Nikiski, Seward, Hope and Sterling, there are 16,292 registered voters, including 5,247 Republicans, 1,361 Democrats and 504 unaffiliated voters.

In State House District 30, which includes Kenai and Soldotna, there are 16,756 registered voters, including 5,423 Republicans, 1,168 Democrats and 530 unaffiliated voters.

In State House District 31, which includes Homer and the southern peninsula, there are 18,121 registered voters including 5,081 Republicans, 2,166 Democrats and 570 unaffiliated voters.

The total number of ballots already cast includes all types of absentee votes, special needs votes, federal write-ins and those cast at an early voting location, said DOE Public Relations Manager Tiffany Montemayor.

Statewide, DOE has issued 119,434 mail ballots, 71,804 of which have been returned, resulting in a return rate of 60.1%. Montemayor said that though the deadline to request a mail ballot has passed, voters can still request an electronic transmission ballot, meaning online and fax delivery, until Nov. 2 by 5 p.m.

From State House District 29, the DOE received 3,312 absentee ballot applications. The division sent out 3,307 ballots and received 2,634 voted ballots back.

From State House District 30, the DOE received 3,019 absentee ballot applications. The division sent out 3,013 ballots and received 2,075 voted ballots back.

From State House District 31, the DOE received 4,491 absentee ballot applications. The division sent out 4,489 ballots and received 2,735 voted ballots back.

Election day is Nov. 3.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com

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