How to submit your ballot in the final days leading up to Anchorage’s election
Updated: 32 Some minutes ago Published: 32 Some minutes ago
April 4th is the final day of voting in this year’s municipal elections in Anchorage. If you haven’t voted yet, there are several ways to submit your ballot.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, and voters returning their ballot envelopes on or before Election Day should ask a postal clerk to postmark the envelope to ensure their ballots are counted.
Aside from voting by mail, Anchorage voters have several other options.
Voters can cast their ballots in person at one of the city’s three voting centers. These locations are:
• Anchorage City Hall, 632 W. Sixth Ave., Room 105.
• Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St., in the meeting rooms.
• Eagle River Town Center, 12001 Business Blvd., common room 170. This voting center is in the same building as the library and has only Chugiak-Eagle River ballots.
The centers are open on Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 4pm; on Sunday, April 2, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Monday, April 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On election day, April 4, polling centers open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m
Drop off your ballot in a mailbox
The city’s 18 secure mailboxes are also available. These locations are listed on the municipality’s election website. Voters can leave their ballots in a mailbox until 8 p.m. on election day.
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Track your ballot
Voters can use a ballot tracking system the city introduced last year to find out if their ballot envelope has been received and processed. Those who sign up for the system on anchoragevotes.com can receive automatic text, email or phone updates on the status of their ballot. Voters can also call the Voter Helpline at 907-243-8683 to find out if their ballot envelope has been received and processed.
When to expect results
Ballots will continue to arrive in the mail at the polling center after Election Day, so the counts published on Election Day are preliminary. The numbers will continue to change, possibly up until the day of the Assembly’s confirmation.
The first round of preliminary election results is expected after 8 p.m. Tuesday, although it will still take a few days for the ballots to be processed and tallied so voters can get a fuller picture of the results. As ballots continue to be counted, updates on the preliminary results will be posted after 5:00 p.m. in the following days.
Ballots received by the April 20 public campaign meeting will be counted. According to the city’s election calendar, the election results are to be certified on April 25.
What’s on the ballot
Seven of the twelve seats on the Anchorage Assembly and two on the Anchorage School Board are up for election. Fourteen nominations will also be decided by Anchorage voters in this election, including a school bond.
For more information on the candidates, see our Assembly and School Board Candidate Questions and Answers, which allow for side-by-side comparisons on specific questions and issues.
The City Elections website also has an FAQ, a list of candidates, and a list of nominated candidates.