Juneau voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect three Assembly and two school board members.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and will be open until 8 p.m.
Absentee and early voting began two weeks ago, but with no ballot issues and only one contested race, early voting has been slow, according to City Clerk Laurie Sica.
“Last year we reviewed about 1,000 absentee ballots from the voting stations and I don’t think we are up to 500 at both places right now,” Sica says.
Early and absentee ballots can still be cast Monday at city hall downtown and at the Mendenhall Mall in the valley.
Sica has already taken ballots to shut ins at the Juneau Pioneers Home and Wildflower Court nursing home. She says if registered Juneau voters cannot get to the polls Tuesday they can ask a relative or friend to bring them a ballot.
“It’s hard for us to get around to everybody, but if people know somebody who wants to vote and are just not able to get out to the poll, we can provide them with an absentee ballot to take to them. It’s called personal representative voting,” she says.
The personal representative must pick up the ballot from the city clerk’s office.
Only the areawide Assembly seat is challenged in this municipal election. Candidates for the district one and district two Assembly seats are unopposed as are the two school board seats. All are three-year terms.
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