Sunday, September 1st is the last day to register to vote if you plan to cast a ballot in the October Municipal Election.
Juneau residents can register up to the close of business Friday at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, and the State Division of Elections offices downtown in the Court Plaza Building or at the Mendenhall Mall.
You can also register on Saturday and Sunday at any city library.
Juneau may have 32,000 residents, but City Clerk Laurie Sica says only about 24,000 citizens are registered to vote. That leaves about 8,000 people who have not bothered to register, or who are not quite old enough to vote.
A person that’s going to be turning 18 (years old) and will be 18 by the time of the election, they can register early. They can register 90-days before their birthday.”
Sica says bring some identification when you register, like a driver’s license or passport, and preferably bring some identification that shows your current Juneau address.
Sica says that in-person absentee voting gets underway on September 16th for those Juneau residents who may be out of town on Election Day. Electronic voting-by-fax is also available who may not be in the Capital City on or before October 1st.
No propositions will be on the ballot this year.
It’s pretty unusual. I think this is the first time that I’ve done a city election since 2000 that we haven’t had a ballot proposition. So, just candidates, and one race in the Areawide seat.”
Bill Peters and Kate Troll are running for the three-year seat on the CBJ Assembly.
Current Assemblymembers Mary Becker and Karen Crane are running unopposed for their open three-year seats in Districts 1 and 2, respectively.
Barbara Thurston and Lisa Worl are running for two open three-year seats on the Juneau School Board of Education.
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