Juneau’s first by-mail election had the city’s best turnout in more than 20 years.
Of the 27,000 ballots sent out to registered voters in September, Friday’s count includes 11,836 ballots.
In the competitive races, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs is in the lead in District 1 and Christine Woll is at the top of the four-way District 2 race.
Results from Juneau’s municipal election are expected later in the day on Friday. In the meantime, local election officials arrived in Anchorage to process ballots in Juneau’s first by-mail election.
The turnout will be even higher once mailed ballots finish arriving at the Anchorage Vote Center. The election won’t be officially certified until Oct. 20.
Ballot processing will happen Friday in Anchorage after city staff arrive with all of the remaining ballots. Initial results are expected that afternoon.
Although Oct. 6 is Election Day, people have been voting since they received ballot packets in the mail in mid-September. But Tuesday is the last day to return ballots.
About a quarter of Juneau’s registered voters have cast their votes. Voters have until Tuesday, Oct. 6, to return their ballots, but they need to be postmarked by that day.
The City and Borough of Juneau is holding its first by-mail election. But people are asking a lot of questions about how, when and where they can vote.
A former Juneau mayor and retired high school government teacher found himself on the other side of this issue from his former student, who’s campaigning for the bond package.