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VOTE BY MAIL - Tuesday, April 3, 2018

IMPORTANT If you lost, damaged or did not receive your ballot package in the mail, you may request a replacement ballot package by calling the Voter Hotline at (907)243-VOTE(8683). 

Between now and Election Day, April 3, 2018, voters have the opportunity to vote at a time and place convenient for them. Traditional polling locations are no longer an option for voting on Election Day.

There are three ways to return a ballot:

  • U.S. Postal Service - Mail your ballot return envelope using first-class postage and postmarked before or on Election Day, April 3, 2018.  Or, save postage by using a ... 
  • Secure Ballot Drop Box - Place your ballot return envelope in a Secure Ballot Drop Box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 3, 2018. Voters in line at the Secure Drop Box locations by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will be allowed to drop off their ballots. 
  • Accessible Vote Center - Take your ballot return envelope to an Accessible Vote Center. Accessible Vote Centers open on Monday, March 26, 2018. Voters in line at Accessible Vote Centers by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will be allowed to vote or drop off their ballots. 

To find a Secure Drop Box or Accessible Vote Center location and hours near you, please use our Secure Ballot Drop Box and Accessible Vote Center Locations interactive map. To view your Sample Ballot, please use our Sample Ballot Interactive Map

On December 8, 2015, the Anchorage Assembly approved AR 2015-314(S), a resolution directing the Municipal Clerk's Office to explore implementing a Vote by Mail election process beginning with the April 2018 regular election.  And now, the Municipality of Anchorage has moved to a Vote by Mail election system, supplemented by accessible vote centers which will simplify and streamline the election process.  The goal of the Vote by Mail system is to increase voter turnout, maximize voter protection, and safeguard community resources.

The Municipality of Anchorage is excited to help people understand the Vote by Mail system.  The Municipal Clerk's Office has been working very hard to implement Vote by Mail and has trained members of its Stakeholders Group to give presentations about Vote by Mail to the public.  If you are interested in having someone speak to your group, please fill out the form provided by the link to follow:  Vote by Mail Group Presentation Request Form

Benefits of Vote by Mail elections:

  • Keeps regular voters engaged.
  • Encourages new voter participation.
  • Increases transparency in the election process.
  • Protects voters' right to a secret ballot.
  • Uses signature verification to arrest attempts at voting fraud.
  • Uses technology to inform voters about the status of their ballot.
  • Presents no partisan advantage.
  • Centralizes and streamlines election administration.

VOTE BY MAIL in the News!

Municipal Clerk's Office Press Releases and Other News ...
March 19, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - Anchorage navigates bumps in first mail-ballot election, including a case of mail theft
March 19, 2018 - KTVA - Election workers get 18,000 ballots back as 'undeliverable'
March 16, 2018 - KTUU - City sends replacement ballots to voters who updated voter information just before deadline
March 16, 2018 - KTUU - Stolen Vote by Mail ballot packages found damaged and wet in the snow
March 15, 2018 - KTVA - Anchorage Ballots hit local mailboxes; some people get more than 1
March 14, 2018 - Glacier City Gazette - Municipal Election Ballot Drop Box 
March 14, 2018 - Your Alaska Link - Anchorage Dispatched 194,000 Vote by Mail Ballots Yesterday
March 13, 2018 - KTVA - Vote by Mail Election Begins
March 13, 2018 - KTUU - 198,000 Ballots Go Out to Anchorage Voters by Mail
March 13, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - Q&A: A Reminder of How to Vote by Mail in Anchorage
March 13, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - Anchorage Ballots Have Been Mailed to Voters. Here's an Overview of What Will Show Up in Your Mailbox
March 6, 2018 - KTVA - City Getting Set to Mail Out Ballots
February 6, 2018 - The Northern Light - Anchorage to Hold Its First Vote by Mail Election in April 
January 26, 2018 – Anchorage Daily News - Anchorage Will Soon Hold Its First Mail-Ballot Election.  Here's What Will Change.
December 13, 2017 – KTVA - Anchorage Vote by Mail Gear Gets Early Test
October 6, 2017 – Senior Voice - Anchorage Voters Cast Ballots by Mail
September 22, 2017 – Alaska Dispatch News - Q&A: How to Vote by Mail in Anchorage in 2018
September 22, 2017 – Alaska Dispatch News - Here's How Anchorage's 2018 Vote by Mail Election Will Work
September 15, 2017 – Alaska Dispatch News - Anchorage Voters, Next Spring We Mail It In
August 21, 2017 – Alaska Public Media - Meet the Machine Handling Anchorage’s Next Election
August 21, 2017 – KTVA - Special Delivery Means Big Changes for Anchorage Voters
April 4, 2017 – KTUU - Voting Locations See Election Day Problems Due to “Aging Equipment”
April 4, 2017 – KTVA - Next Year’s Municipal Election to See Mail-In Ballots Only
March 2, 2017 – Alaska Dispatch News - Anchorage Gets New Election Center in Ship Creek Warehouse
February 9, 2017 – KTVA - Anchorage’s First Vote by Mail Election Will Not Be in April as Planned
March 24, 2016 – KTVA - Anchorage Assembly Members Approve Vote by Mail Elections
March 22, 2016 – Alaska Dispatch News - Future Anchorage Elections to Be Done Primarily by Mail
December 8, 2015 – Alaska Public Media - Anchorage Migrates Toward Mail-In Elections
December 8, 2015 – Alaska Dispatch News - Anchorage Assembly Endorses Vote by Mail Election in 2017
    • Elections
    • Municipal Clerk: Barbara A. Jones
    • MOA Election Center 619 East Ship Creek Avenue, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • (907) 243-VOTE (8683)