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Notice: The next Regular Municipal Election will be conducted as ...

VOTE BY MAIL - Tuesday, April 3, 2018

IMPORTANT Traditional polling locations are no longer an option for voting on Election Day!

Instead, registered voters will be mailed a ballot package about three weeks before Election Day.  Within that time period, voters will have the opportunity to vote at a time and place convenient for them. 

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.  Or, save postage by using a ... 
  • Secure Ballot Drop Box - Place your ballot return envelope in a Secure Ballot Drop Box.
  • Accessible Vote Center - Take your ballot return envelope to an Accessible Vote Center. 

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.

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.
  • Centralizes and streamlines election administration.
  • Increases transparency in the election process.
  • Presents no partisan advantage.
  • 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.

VOTE BY MAIL in the News!

Municipal Clerk's Office Press Releases and Other News ...
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)

                          

2018 Regular Municipal Election Calendar

Municipal Election Center - 619 E Ship Creek Avenue, Ste. 100 - Upcoming Tour Dates:  

  • Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 - 6:30-7:30 pm

Public Service Announcements:

Anchorage Votes by Mail 30 Second PSA

Publications:

How to Return Your Ballot flyer

Secure Drop Box and Accessible Vote Center Map Brochure

Accessible Vote Center Locations and Services

Secure Drop Box Locations

Vote by Mail Frequently Asked Questions (downloadable)

Vote by Mail Contact Info Business Card

Vote by Mail Poster

Anchorage Votes by Mail Logo

Vote by Mail is as Easy as 1-2-3 Logo

April 3, 2018 Vote Logo

Anchorage Votes Logo

Upcoming State of Alaska Elections