It’s Election Day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.
The presidential race is the big draw this year. But in Alaska voters also will determine the make-up of the 2013-2014 state Legislature, as 59 of the state’s 60 legislative seats are on the ballot.
The only exception is Juneau Senator Dennis Egan’s Senate District P seat. Capital City Representatives Beth Kerttula and Cathy Munoz are unopposed.
Alaska’s U.S. House seat and two propositions also appear on this year’s ballot.
Juneau has thirteen polling places. Seven of those are in House District 31, which includes the Mendenhall Valley and north end of Juneau’s road system. Another six are in House District 32, which includes downtown Juneau and Douglas Island.
District 32 also now includes Petersburg, Skagway, Gustavus and Tenakee Springs thanks to the state’s once a decade redistricting process. Previously Juneau had two House districts all to itself.
The Division of Elections is sponsoring an Election Central tonight in Juneau at the Baranof Hotel’s Treadwell Room. The first results are expected at about 9 p.m.
KTOO will provide both national and statewide results tonight on our airwaves and online. Tune in to KTOO-FM starting at 4 p.m. for NPR’s election coverage. Then at 9 p.m. stay with KTOO for APRN’s coverage of statewide races.
KTOO.org will feature links to NPR’s national results, as well as live-blog analysis of Alaska races from former APRN Juneau correspondent Dave Donaldson, as well as CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld and Gavel Alaska’s Jeremy Hsieh.
- Heli-skiing has long been a controversial topic in Haines. The interests of the industry often clash with people who live near heliports and don’t want the noise disturbing their peace and quiet. But there’s another group that’s impacted by helicopter noise: mountain goats.
- In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters.
- From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.
- It’s costing 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.