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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

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 ...
April 27, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - Election cost doubles as Anchorage turns to vote by mail
April 9, 2018 - The Northern Light - Anchorage vote-by-mail election breaks record for voter turnout
April 6, 2018 - KTUU - Hundreds of problem ballots pulled from Anchorage vote count
April 5, 2018 - Your Alaska Link - Still Over 20,000 Ballots to Process
April 4, 2018 - KTVA - Muni vote by mail election sets turnout record
April 3, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - High turnout in Anchorage's first vote-by-mail election, with many ballots still to count
April 3, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - Last-minute bump in ballots points to high turnout in Anchorage election
April 3, 2018 - KTUU - 3 ways to vote on the last day of the Anchorage mail-in election
April 3, 2018 - KTUU - ELECTION: Unofficial Results for the 2018 Anchorage Election
April 3, 2018 - KTUU - Polls are closed: What's next?
April 3, 2018 - KTVA - More than 60,000 ballots returned in Anchorage elections
April 3, 2018 - KTVA - Former polling precinct prepped before election day
April 2, 2018 - KTUU - More than 43,000 Anchorage residents have already voted -- What to know if you haven't
April 2, 2018 - KTVA - Ballots pour into Municipal Election Center
March 30, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - The Anchorage vote-by-mail election ends Tuesday
March 29, 2018 - Anchorage Daily News - For longtime voters in Anchorage's first mail election, some unease with change
March 29, 2018 - KTVA - Muni vote by mail election lets public know whether you've voted
March 28, 2018 - KTVA - Anchorage Election Center details how votes are kept secure
March 26, 2018 - KTUU - New Accessible Vote Centers open in Anchorage
March 26, 2018 - KTVA - Anchorage voting centers now open
March 25, 2018 - KTVA - KTVA hosts live Vote by Mail Q&A on Facebook
March 25, 2018 - KTVA - Anchorage now votes by mail: Here's why
March 23, 2018 - KTUU - Ballot Box Bash teaches Fairview about vote by mail
March 21, 2018 - Chugiak-Eagle River Star - Stolen Chugiak ballots draw attention to frequent mail thefts
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 - Anchorage Press - Fairview Ballot Box Bash to Encourage Voting. Party Builds Community Around New Vote by Mail System
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 - KTUU - 198,000 Ballots Go Out to Anchorage Voters by Mail
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 - 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
March 1, 2018 - KTUU - Registration deadline nears for upcoming April election
February 28, 2018 - Glacier City Gazette - Vote By Mail Begins
February 14, 2018  - Chugiak-Eagle River Star - Eagle River council briefed on mail-in election procedure
February 7, 2018 - Anchorage Press - Mail dominance. All political eyes will be on Anchorage's April election
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.
January 11, 2018 - KTUU - First reminders hit mailboxes for Anchorage's switch to election by mail
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)