Municipality of Anchorage officials are preparing the city's new vote-by-mail system for its first actual use next spring.

Workers tested out machinery Tuesday that will sort and count votes received by mail, to make sure everything is in working order for the upcoming municipal elections on April 3. Ballots can also be returned to secured dropboxes or accessible voting centers.

Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones says the public should feel confident in the system.

“We'd be happy to talk to them,” Jones said. “We have a voter hot line, we have tours of the election center; we will try to address their concerns and we'd really like to encourage people to vote by mail.”

The city plans to mail out the ballots on March 13. Voting in state and federal races will still take place at voting precincts.

To view frequently asked questions on the new vote-by-mail system, visit the muni's website.  

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