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Alaska officials dispute some findings in election memo

By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A recently released memo says Alaska fell short in training election workers for the 2016 elections and in providing adequate staffing of bilingual poll workers in areas where additional language assistance for Alaska Native voters is required.

State election officials dispute some of the findings but say they also continue to make improvements.

Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke (bank-ee) says the state is in compliance with a federal court order that sets out terms for providing language assistance for Alaska Native voters with limited English proficiency.

The memo, dated in March, was released this week by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. It was written by an Alaska advisory committee to the commission.

Advisory committee Chair Natalie Landreth did not return phone messages seeking comment.

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