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Anchorage elections officials say this year's vote-by-mail election, the muni's first, now represents the highest-ever turnout in local history.
The office of Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones says so far, 78,602 ballots have been received. That total is higher than any turnout figures dating back to the municipality's founding in 1975, including the 71,099 people who voted in 2012’s election.
The number of ballots received from Anchorage's roughly 218,000 registered voters was already well ahead of turnout in Anchorage’s last mayoral election, conducted at traditional polling places in 2015.