When three rural Alaska precincts failed to report results from last week's state primary, workers at election headquarters began to wonder why - and discovered that those polls never opened, officials said Tuesday.

"They just apparently didn't do anything," Linda Edgeworth, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Elections, said with nervous laughter. "We want to make sure it doesn't happen again in November."Sometimes it takes several days for votes to be reported from remote areas of Alaska, so officials were unaware anything was amiss until they realized that well after the election three precincts had failed to report back to the Division of Elections.

What seemed to further shock state election officials was that no voters called to report that they were unable to vote.