Special Municipal Election
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
The Anchorage Assembly has called a Special Municipal Election for Assembly District 3 - West Anchorage, Seat E on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. A special election was triggered when Assembly Member Tim Steele resigned from his position effective Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Ballot packages will be mailed to qualified registered voters in Assembly District 3, West Anchorage on July 17, 2018. To find your Assembly District, please use our Assembly District Map.
Voters who will be at a temporary address during the 21 day election period may apply to receive their ballot at a temporary address. For more information about voting options, click here.
If you lose, damage or do 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), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Between now and Election Day, August 7, 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 in Municipal elections.
There are three ways to return a ballot:
- Secure Drop Box - Place your ballot return envelope in a Secure Drop Box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, August 7, 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. 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.
- U.S. Postal Service - Mail your ballot return envelope using first-class postage, postmarked before or on Election Day, August 7, 2018. If mailing on Election Day, ask a postal official to hand-cancel the envelope with a postmark.
Secure Drop Boxes are located at...
- Parking Lot behind City Hall, 632 West 6th Avenue
- Dimond High School, 2909 West 88th Avenue
- Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street
- MOA Election Center, 619 East Ship Creek Avenue
- Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 West 48th Avenue
- West High School, 1700 Hillcrest Drive
The Accessible Vote Center is located at...
MOA Election Center, 619 East Ship Creek Avenue at Door D
- Weekdays, July 10 - July 23, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (open for early voting)
- Weekdays, July 24 - August 6, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 4, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Election Day, Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ballot Processing Schedule
The August 7, 2018 Special Municipal Election ballot processing schedule is as follows:
- Ballot return envelope sorting and voter signature verification begins no earlier than Friday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m.
- Envelope opening and ballot removal will begin no earlier than Wednesday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m.
- Ballot scanning and adjudication will begin no earlier than Friday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m.
- Processing will continue on each weekday thereafter, at the designated time, depending on volume.
All ballot processing will take place at the MOA Election Center at 619 East Ship Creek Avenue, Suite 100, Door D entrance. The MOA Election Center is open to the public during ballot processing.
Why does Anchorage vote by mail?
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 following link: 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 ...
February 28, 2018 - Glacier City Gazette - Vote By Mail Begins