The Alaska Division of Elections (DoE) put out a new batch of absentee and early voting statistics today and it shows some interesting trends.
This is a rarity, normally when we score political attacks, one side is clearly the attacker and one side clearly the target. In this case, we have more of an exchange of fire as the Alaska Republican Party and Libertarian candidate for US Senate, Joe Miller traded similar â€œfinancial irregularityâ€ charges against one another. Deciding who actually came out the winner might be more complicated to sort out.
A fair warning, we are about to examine some really, really early absentee ballot return numbers in Alaska. Political analysts on both sides of the aisle have warned us about taking too much from them and so we pass that caution on to you. However, if you are like us, you just need to know what those numbers say anyway, right?
Heading into yesterdayâ€™s local elections across Alaska, the general feeling among most of the 49th stateâ€™s politicos was that we should expect a pretty low turnout in the November elections. The idea is that the massive unpopularity of both major presidential candidates, the negativity of their campaigns, and depressing state budget and economic news would lead a lot of people to just not participate in state elections.