Elections officials had already reviewed 660 absentee and early ballots by Thursday, and more were cast over the weekend.
Sica said early and absentee voting is often considered a predictor of voter turnout, which can vary greatly in Juneau from one year to the next.
“It ranges probably between 25 percent and 45 percent. Definitely depends on the issues on the ballot, and the types of races on the ballot, like if there is a highly contested assembly or mayor race. And just the whole hype about elections nationally probably has people thinking about elections,” Sica said.
Cheryl Jebe and Merrill Sanford are running for Mayor.
Loren Jones and Paul Nowlin are competing for the Assembly District One seat, being vacated by David Stone, who has served three terms.
Jerry Nankervis and write-in candidate Dixie Hood are running for Assembly District Two seat, currently held by Ruth Danner, who decided not to seek re-election.
While Assembly candidates represent districts within the city and borough, they are elected borough-wide.
Two propositions are also on the ballot. One would extend the 1 percent temporary sales tax for five years to pay for various capital improvement projects. The other would bond for a variety of projects.
Polls are open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Clerk Laurie Sica said Election Central will be in City Hall Assembly Chambers, beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow, when the polls close. The first results will come in just a few minutes later, but will not be posted on the city website until all results are in.
She says the deadline for by-mail absentees is October 9, the same day the election will be certified.
KTOO News will bring you live results from Election Central tomorrow.
- The series of simulated drills was known as the Arctic Chinook exercise and wrapped Thursday morning in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release.
- Scientists are trying to learn how to prevent botulism in seal oil, a main ingredient in many traditional Alaska Native foods.
- Alaska's earthquake simulator will visit Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 1, in downtown Juneau giving residents some emergency preparedness practice at an event that promises to shake, rattle and roll.
- The creator of the Facebook page the Juneau Community Collective is running for public office and that created a problem. He had to figure out how to continue moderating political comments on the page without falling into a conflict of interest.