- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - Alaska voters this summer will decide if they want to link voter registration to Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications.

KCAW-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1RHDZ0E ) that the PFD Voter initiative secured enough signatures to appear on the August 16 primary election ballot.

The proposal would streamline voter registration by putting registration questions on applications for dividends from the Permanent Fund and updating home address information for those already registered. There would be an opt-out clause, so residents will be able to deregister by mail if they so desire.

Supporters of the measure say it would eliminate redundancies in government and make it easier for people to vote. But critics argue it would provide too much personal information to the government.

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Information from: KCAW-FM, https://www.kcaw.org

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