Anchorage is getting closer to its first-ever vote-by-mail election.

Nearly 200,000 ballots will go in the mail this coming Tuesday. Voters will have until April 3 to get them back.

Election worker Carolyn Hall said registered voters can expect to see a medium-sized envelope in their mailbox that contains a number of things, including the ballot, a special sleeve that goes over the ballot to protect privacy and a larger return envelope.

She said there are three ways for people to return their ballots.

"You can put a first-class stamp and return it through the mail or you can save postage and go to one of 12 secure drop boxes that are [located] across the municipality," said Hall. "There are also five accessible vote centers that voters can take their ballot to and return it that way."

Hall said the envelopes also contain directions for what to do with the marked ballots, as well as the locations of drop boxes and vote centers.

She said people who don't get their ballot in the mail or need a new one can call the voter hotline at 243-vote (243-6883) to request a new one. They can also get a ballot at one of the accessible vote centers.

People who have concerns about whether their ballot has been received can also call the hotline, according to Hall, where a worker can check. She said it's important to wait until the following day if people have put their ballots in a drop box. For more information see, click here.

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