Voter turnout in Alaska at highest level for a midterm election since 1994

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Voter turnout in Alaska was the highest it has been in a midterm general election in 20 years.

The latest results from the Division of Elections showed turnout for the Nov. 4 election at 56 percent. The 1994 midterm saw turnout of 64 percent.

This year's ballot included hotly contested races for U.S. Senate and governor and ballot measures to legalize recreational use of marijuana, raise Alaska's minimum wage and require legislative approval of the proposed Pebble Mine.

Wednesday is the deadline for the division to receive absentee ballots postmarked outside the U.S.

In 2010, when another high-profile Senate race was decided, turnout stood at 52 percent.

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