New Accessible Vote Centers open in Anchorage

Anchorage voters can cast their ballots by mail, or by dropping their ballots into approved...
Anchorage voters can cast their ballots by mail, or by dropping their ballots into approved ballot boxes around Anchorage. (KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 3:49 PM AKDT
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As of Friday, the Municipality of Anchorage has received 20,235 ballots. However, of the 194,000 Vote by Mail ballots that were sent out, 22,000 have come back to the MOA office as undeliverable. The city says that this was because of voter registration data not being updated with the correct information by residents, during the registration process.

"People find reasons and excuses for not voting, and what this process does is it strips away the difficulty and challenges that people ordinary have found," said Beau Bassett, an Anchorage voter. "And with ease and convenience, they can be more thoughtful about their decisions."

While voters like Bassett seemed to be in favor of the new Vote by Mail approach, other residents said that the city hasn't done enough to help with the transition process and they aren't fans of it.

"I really don't agree... by mail, because I really don't trust [it]," said Rene Salas, an Anchorage voter.

While Salas is still a bit skeptical of the new process, he also wants to make sure his vote is cast. He said he prefers voting the old fashion way – in-person.

If you haven't voted yet, there's still time to cast a ballot through mail, drop box and now in-person. On Monday, the MOA Municipal Clerk's Office announced the opening of five Accessible Vote Centers.

As has been the case in the past, in-person voters will be required to show identification. Voters will also be required to show identification, if requesting a replacement ballot in-person.

At an Accessible Vote Center, residents can get help with:

• Returning a ballot

• Accessing help for other voter questions

• Replacing a lost or damaged ballot

• Registering to vote

• Receiving a ballot package if they did not receive one in the mail

• Voting a questioned or provisional ballot

• Receiving voting assistance

If you are looking to find an Accessible Vote Center near you,

for the MOA map. The map will also pinpoint the city's multiple Secure Drop Box locations.

As long as you cast your ballot by April 3, you have three ways to vote:

• You can mail in your ballot using first class postage

• You can save postage by using a Secure Drop Box

• You can save postage by returning the ballot to an Accessible Vote Center

For more election information, visit this Municipality of Anchorage elections