A Tale of Two Elections: What you need to know for Muni, State votes this August

Published: Jul. 19, 2018 at 3:03 PM AKDT
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Hey Alaska – we know it’s the middle of fishing season, and almost back-to-school season (wait, what?), but there are also two elections coming up soon – depending on where you live.

If you live in West Anchorage, we’re in the middle of a special election for the Anchorage Assembly member representing your district. If you live in Alaska – and that includes West Anchorage and Anchorage – the statewide primary election is coming up. Voting in elections is an important part of democracy, but it can be confusing with two different elections going on, seemingly one on top of the other.

Here’s what you need to know for each:

Anchorage West District Special Election
  • This election is ONLY for residents of Anchorage Assembly District 3 - West Anchorage to select a replacement Assembly member.
  • This election is by mail.
  • Ballots have been mailed to registered voters in District 3. (District map here)
  • Ballots can be returned by mail, dropped off in a municipal ballot drop box (Map here) or at the election center. Six drop boxes are open for this election.
  • Drop box ballots or votes dropped off at the accessible vote center must be returned by August 7 at 8 p.m.. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before August 7.
  • If you live in District 3 and haven’t received your ballot by Monday, call the voter hotline at 243-VOTE (8683).
Alaska Statewide Primary Election
  • This election is for all Alaskans who are registered to vote to decide which candidates will be on the ballot in November’s general election for the offices of U.S. Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Senate and State House.
  • This election is in person at your local polling place, even for Anchorage residents. (Click here to look up your polling place)
  • . You can also vote early or absentee.
  • The deadline to update your voter registration for the Primary election is July 22.
  • Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 21 – Polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • There are two ballot selections (you may only vote one): Democratic, Libertarian, Alaska Independence party candidates will be on one ballot that any registered voter can vote, regardless of registered party. Republican party candidates will be on a ballot that Republican, Undeclared and Nonpartisan registered voters can select.