Hundreds of Anchorage voters have until Friday to submit signatures for verification of their ballots in last week’s municipal election, the muni’s first in which votes could be returned by mail.

The municipal clerk’s office posted a reminder this week that voters should quickly respond to “cure letters” sent out due to issues with the signatures required on their ballot envelopes to confirm their identity.

Elections spokeswoman Carolyn Hall said Wednesday that about 570 letters were sent out, versus a turnout of nearly 80,000 voters – a number which suggests “people understand, largely, how to vote by mail.”

“About 570 cure letters went out, approximately, which is less than 1 percent of voters that returned their envelopes to us,” Hall said. “We were not sure what to expect – this was the first time – but we are happy it was such a relatively low amount.”

The letters broke down into three main categories, Hall said, including some which weren’t signed at all and others on which voters’ signatures didn’t match digital versions on file with the clerk’s office. Voters who couldn’t write their signature could also sign with an X or a line if a witness signed the envelope, but some witness signatures were missing.

The cure letters include a form and an envelope people can sign and send in to let workers at the muni’s Ship Creek election facility verify who they are.

“What they need to do is they need to provide a signature for us,” Hall said. “They can do that in person or they can mail it in to us.”

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