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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the 2017 Municipal election?
Who is eligible to vote in an Anchorage election?
Didn’t we just vote?
How can I vote in the April 2017 Regular Municipal Election?
How do I vote by mail?
How do I vote by fax or email?
How do I vote in person before Election Day?
How do I vote absentee on Election Day?
How do I vote at my precinct on Election Day?
What identification do I need to vote in person?
I want to vote early or I'm not sure I'll be in town on Election Day. How do I get an absentee ballot?
How can I vote if I am unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to illness or a disability?
How can I get help with voting?

Municipality of Anchorage Elections 

 

When does the Municipality of Anchorage conduct municipal elections?

Voter Registration

When must I register to vote to participate in an election?

How old must I be to register to vote?

What do I do if my residence address has changed?

How do I cancel my voter registration in Alaska?

Election 2017

When is the 2017 Municipal election?

The Regular Municipal Election is on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

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Who is eligible to vote in an Anchorage election?

Persons who are qualified to vote in state elections and have been registered to vote at an address within the Municipality of Anchorage for at least 30 days prior to the election are eligible to vote in municipal elections. 

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Didn’t we just vote?

Yes, there was a State of Alaska primary election in August 2016 and a state and federal general election in November 2016. You may have voted in either or both of those elections.

In April 2017, Anchorage voters will elect municipal officials to fill vacant seats on the Anchorage Assembly, the school board, and neighborhood service boards. Voters may also vote on a variety of bonds and propositions.

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How can I vote in the April 2017 Regular Municipal Election?

There are multiple ways to vote in the April 2017 election. Visit the Municipal Elections website at http://www.muni.org/Departments/Assembly/clerk/elections/Pages/default.aspx or download an application using one of the links below.   

  • Apply to vote by mail, 
  • Apply to vote by fax or by email, 
  • Vote in person at an early and absentee voting location, or 
  • On Election Day vote at your local precinct-based polling location.
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How do I vote by mail?

You must apply to vote by mail in the 2017 Regular Municipal Election.

Download a copy of a vote by mail application from the Municipal Elections website at http://www.muni.org/Departments/Assembly/clerk/elections/Pages/default.aspx. Complete and return the application to the Municipal Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. AKDST on March 28, 2017.

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How do I vote by fax or email?

You must apply to vote by fax or email.

Download a copy of either a vote by fax or a vote by email application from the Municipal Elections website at www.muni.org/elections. Instructions are detailed on the individual applications. Complete and return the application to the Municipal Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. AKDST on March 28, 2017.

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How do I vote in person before Election Day?

All municipal ballot styles are available at an early and absentee voting locations.

Anchorage City Hall

632 W 6th Ave, on the first floor in Room 105 from March 20 through Election Day on April 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ZJ Loussac Library

3600 Denali St on the first floor from March 20 through April 4. Monday – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays Mar 26 and April 2 from noon to 5:00 p.m. On Election Day April 4, hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Chugiak Senior Center

22424 N Birchwood Loop Chugiak from Mondays through Friday, March 27 through April 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How do I vote absentee on Election Day?

On Election Day, all ballot styles are available at absentee and early voting locations from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Anchorage City Hall

632 W 6th Ave, on the first floor in Room 105 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ZJ Loussac Library

3600 Denali St on the first floor from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

UAA

2905 Spirit Way (Student Union) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

5000 W International Airport Rd (Via the lowest level entrance from parking garage) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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How do I vote at my precinct on Election Day?

Precinct voting locations are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  

To find your local precinct-based polling location, visit Find my polling place. Click on the magnifying glass and enter your address.  

Or call the Polling Place Locator at 269 -8683 or 1-888-383-8683.

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What identification do I need to vote in person?

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Signed voter card
  • Alaska driver’s license
  • Alaska ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Other current or valid photo identification

 In addition, you may present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address.

  • Current utility bill
  • Pay check
  • Government check
  • Bank statement
  • Other government-issued document
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I want to vote early or I'm not sure I'll be in town on Election Day. How do I get an absentee ballot?

You have the option – regardless of the reason – to vote early or absentee. Visit the Municipal Elections website at http://www.muni.org/Departments/Assembly/clerk/elections/Pages/default.aspx or download an application using one of the links below.  

Vote by mail;

Vote by fax or by email; or

Vote in person at an early and absentee voting location.

Complete and return the application to the Municipal Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. AKDST on March 28, 2017.

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How can I vote if I am unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to illness or a disability?

You have the option – regardless of the reason – to vote by mail, by fax, or by email. Complete and return the application to the Municipal Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. AKDST on March 28, 2017.

In addition, special needs voting is available for voters who are unable to travel to a polling location to vote. You may, through a personal representative, request pick-up, delivery, and return of a special needs ballot from a precinct polling location or from an early or absentee voting location.

If you are an admitted inpatient in a hospital on Election Day, an election official can deliver a special needs ballot to you. Either you or your designee must call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 907-243-VOTE (8683) by 10:00 a.m. Election Day to request this service.

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How can I get help with voting?

Call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Municipal Clerk’s Office at 907-243-VOTE (8683).

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Q.    When do I vote in 2017?

The Municipality of Anchorage 2017 Regular Municipal Election is April 4, 2017.

Q.    When does the Municipality of Anchorage conduct elections and what hours are the polling places open?

Municipality of Anchorage elections are held every year on the first Tuesday in April for the regular election & the first Tuesday in May for the run-off election, if required.

Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Q. When are the State and Federal elections held?

State and Federal primary elections are held in even numbered years on the fourth Tuesday in August.   State and Federal general elections are held in even numbered years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.  For information on State and Federal elections, visit the State of Alaska, Division of Elections website or call 907-522-8683(VOTE).

Q.    Who is eligible to vote in an Anchorage election?

Persons who are qualified to vote in state elections and have been registered to vote at an address within the Municipality of Anchorage for at least 30 days prior to the election are eligible to vote.  If you have moved, be sure to turn in a voter registration form with the changes.  This must be done no later than 30 days in advance of the election. Please verify the changes have taken place by contacting the State of Alaska Elections office at 907-22-8683 or http://www.elections.alaska.gov/index.php. If you are unable to make these changes in time you will have to vote a question ballot.

Q.    When must I register to vote to participate in an election?     

You must register to vote no later than 30 days before an election.

Q.    Do I have to register for each election?

No. If you are registered to vote in state elections, you are also registered to vote in local elections. Your registration remains active as long as you remain a resident of Alaska in good standing.

Q.    How old must I be to register to vote?     

You may register anytime within 90 days immediately preceding your 18th birthday. Persons older than 18 may register at anytime.

Q.    What do I do if my residence address has changed?  

To vote in your correct precinct for an election, you must update your registration no later than 30 days before an election by turning in a voter registration form with all of your updated information. You may also vote a question ballot at your new polling location which at the same time updates your voter registratiion.

Q.    Where is my polling place?     

To find your polling place, before the election please call the Polling Place Locator at 907-269-8683 or 1-888-383-8683.  Using your computer, go to Polling Place Locator and enter your residence address.

Q.    What Identification will I need to bring to my polling place?

When entering your polling place, the election worker will ask you for a piece of identification. The following documents may be used for identification:

  • signed voter ID card, driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card;
  • passport, hunting or fishing license; or
  • other current or valid photo identification.

You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address:

  • current utility bill or pay check;
  • government check or bank statement; or
  • other government issued document.

After presenting identification, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check your residence address listed. If your residence address is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct residence address

If you do not have identification or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot.

Q.    I WANT TO VOTE EARLY or I'm not sure I'll be in town on Election Day.  How do I get an absentee ballot?

Absentee in Person or early voting starts 15 days before the election. For additional information on Absentee in Person and voting early, please call 907-243-VOTE (8683).  Early Voting and Absentee in Person locations can be found on the last page of  the polling place list.

You can also Vote by Mail!  First request an  Application for an Absentee by Mail ballot, as quickly as possible. Applications for ballots to be mailed must be received by the Clerk's Office at least seven days before Election Day. If you would like us to mail you the form, please contact the Municipal Clerk's Office at 907-243-VOTE (8683).

Q.    If I am unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to  serious illness or a disability, how may I vote? 

Absentee by Mail is a great option to use as explained above, or

Special Needs Voting is available for:

  • Any qualified voter who is an admitted inpatient in a hospital on Election Day may request delivery of a special needs ballot by an election official by calling the 907-243-VOTE (8683) by 10:00 a.m. Election Day.
  • A qualified voter with a disability, who is unable to go to a polling place to vote, may request pick-up and delivery of a special needs ballot through a personal representative the voter has selected.  Special Needs ballots are available for pick up by the voter's selected personal representative at polling places on election day; and at Absentee in Person locations. 

Q. How do I cancel my voter registration in Alaska?

Click here to find out how to cancel your voter registration in Alaska.

For all Municipal Voting Information Call 907-243-VOTE (8683) or e-mail us at elections@muni.org.

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