Can Low Voter Turnout Be Reversed?
Voter turnout in the last three elections has been a discouraging 23 percent, 29 percent, and 19 percent and the Municipality of Anchorage is looking to attract more voters.
"We don't have a real, concerted effort to increase the participation," said Gruenstein. "We hope there’s more voters. We hope they are informed voters as well."
But with more voters only heading to the polls for certain issues, the challenge is figuring out how to make every election relevant to residents.
"You're doing all these things, and the election comes in and kind of says ‘move over, you have to pay attention,’" said Dittman. "If you don't get much of that ‘move over’ going on, someone is just kind of sliding in on you…you’re going to know they are there."
While Anchorage doesn’t have any formal endeavors to increase voting, efforts such as Saturday voting, mail-in voting, and even the possibility of moving local elections to November have been considered.
Voter registration for the April 5 election ends March 6.
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