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Coronavirus fears create shortage of Alaska election workers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A shortage of election workers because of coronavirus concerns has Alaska officials searching for solutions and warning the state could close some polling sites. The Anchorage Daily News reports the shortage is particularly severe in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Alaska communities have upcoming primary and general elections. None of the state’s House districts have enough election workers. The state has asked nonprofit organizations to help recruit polling station workers through the Adopt-A-Precinct program, which will compensate the organizations that recruit polling staff rather than the state paying the volunteers. The state needs up to 3,000 temporary workers for the primary and the Nov. 3 general election

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