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How Anchorage Ran a Safe, Smooth Pandemic Election

June 22, 2020

Read our Case Study detailing Resource Data’s role in implementing the Municipality of Anchorage’s Vote by Mail program. Download PDF

Bar graph showing the percent of registered voters that cast ballots in city elections in Anchorage, Alaska from 2010 to 2020.

Image from “How Anchorage ran a Safe, Smooth, Pandemic Election”, Jeannette Lee, Copyright 2020 Sightline Institute; used with permission. Graphic by Devin Porter.

Resource Data Alumnus, Jeannette Lee, published an article highlighting how the Vote by Mail system protected voter’s health and kept turnout high during the pandemic. The April election “proceeded in full compliance with the CDC’s social distancing recommendations while reaching historically high turnout for a non-mayoral year.”

Check out Jeanette’s full article here. In addition to highlighting the positive results since Vote by Mail rolled out in 2018, the article also shares the history of Vote by Mail in Anchorage, Resource Data’s involvement, and the anti-fraud and ballot security measures in place.

By the Numbers:

  • 36% voter turnout for inaugural Vote by Mail election in 2018 – highest in the last 15 years
  • 31% voter turnout and 71,382 votes in 2020 – markedly higher than they had been in every non-mayoral election year since 2010
  • 2020 election costs down to about $745,000