The city has used mail-in ballots in local elections for the last three years. Wednesday’s code change makes by-mail voting the default “unless otherwise directed by the Assembly.”
Your Alaska 2022 midterm election questions answered
KTOO has partnered with America Amplified to answer questions about how to participate in the special and midterm elections. Here are some of the top questions we have been able to answer thus far.
Alaska Supreme Court strikes down Rep. Lance Pruitt’s challenge to his election loss
Pruitt lost to Democrat Liz Snyder by 11 votes in November.
Kodiak remembers 101-year-old woman determined to vote
Margaret Hall of Kodiak wanted very badly to vote this year but died peacefully in her sleep on Friday.
Alaska Supreme Court rules that absentee voters won’t need witnesses
The Arctic Village Council and others sued to block the requirement this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, but the order was put on hold after the Division of Elections appealed.
Civil rights groups have a request: drop the witness signature on ballots
A Division of Elections spokesperson said the lack of a proper witness signature was the number one reason why the division rejected ballots in 2016 and 2018.
Sitka couple united in push for voter accessibility and in life
Absentee voting is available in Alaska through Monday, Nov. 5, but not all registered voters can cast their ballot. Blind and visually impaired voters in need of special machines will have to wait until election day — and that doesn’t sit well with one married couple in Sitka.
Youth who increase voter turnout could win big cash with this contest
The school or youth group that increases the voter turnout in its district the most wins. The first place winner will receive $10,000, and the second place winner will receive $5,000.
2018 municipal election — here’s what you need to know
By Wednesday, Juneau will have a new mayor and three new Assembly members. The municipal election is Tuesday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
House Majority Leader Chris Tuck pushes reforms to improve voter turnout
House Bill 1 would give people the option to permanently vote by mail and allow for same day registration, among other things. It’s intended to help rural Alaska especially — which tends to vote blue — which could help Democrats in statewide races.