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Thread #27980   Message #345555
Posted By: Ebbie
23-Nov-00 - 12:56 AM
Thread Name: Elections: How do you do it at home?
Subject: RE: How do you do it at home?
Thanks, Bardford. Maybe I'll get a little closer to understanding the processes.

BTW, a 'riding' is what? How big is it? Is it the equivalent of a US county or possibly - darn, I can't think of the designation of, for instance, in New York City: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhatttan, the Bronx...

(In Alaska we don't have counties- probably because of the mostly sparsely populated interior. We have just a bit over half a million in population statewide even though we have more than 560,000 square miles of area. Even at that, we have a fairly high population density in Juneau, the capital, due to the limited land. The city runs along the coastline for about 30 miles, but the width is rarely a mile. We have the ocean (and islands) on one side and mountains and icefields on the other.)

Here elections are conducted by a State Division of Elections; there are four regional offices with everything eventually funneled to the Director's Office in Juneau. I've never heard of any corruption in the election process in Alaska- but that doesn't mean it can't happen.