2020 Juneau Municipal Election

Frequently asked questions

For all municipal voting information, call 907-364-7401, email [email protected], or go to the CBJ Elections website.

The basics

Election Day for the 2020 Regular Municipal Election is Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

To vote in this election, you must be:

  • Qualified to vote in State of Alaska elections.
  • Registered to vote at an address within the City and Borough of Juneau for at least 30 days before an election.

You must be 18 years of age or older on Election Day in order to vote.

This election will be a Vote by Mail election.

Ballot packages were mailed on September 15, three weeks before Election Day, giving you time to carefully research the ballot questions, mark the ballot, and return it in time for the ballot to be counted.  You may return your ballot to a secure drop box, to a Juneau Vote Center, or mail it with first class postage. Additional instructions about how to vote by mail were included in the ballot package.

You may access help with voting questions by:

  • Calling the CBJ Election Call Center Voter Hotline at (907) 364-7401 or send an email with your questions to [email protected].
  • Visiting the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 155 S. Seward St., (call 907-364-7401 before visiting); or
  • Visiting a Juneau Vote Center (September 21 – October 6, 2020).

Vote By Mail Election

A Vote By Mail Election is one in which the ballot delivery system is to mail a ballot to all eligible voters within the jurisdiction.  Vote By Mail Elections contrast to poll-based Elections, where ballots are distributed on Election Day to voters at precinct polling locations within the precinct boundaries in which they reside.  In the Juneau’s October 6, 2020 Vote By Mail Election, voters will have the option of returning their mailed ballots in several ways to a central location for counting.

  • Voters may return their ballot by mail through the U.S. Postal Service using first class postage.
  • Voters may return their ballots by placing them in a secure ballot drop box.
  • Voters may return their ballots to a Juneau Vote Center.

Vote By Mail Elections are secure. The Municipal Clerk’s Office takes election security seriously and helps to keep election secure by:

  • Not connecting confidential voter information and ballot processing equipment to the internet.
  • Checking signatures following election signature verification protocols.
  • Emptying secure drop boxes daily.
  • Training workers to securely handle voting materials.
  • Locking up voting materials and following strict ballot custody procedures.

Voters can also help to keep elections secure by:

  • Keeping their ballots safe.
  • Tearing ballots in half before throwing them away if not voting.
  • Following the instructions on the ballot and envelope.
  • Signing the return envelope in front of a witness and having the witness also sign the ballot return envelope.
  • Responding to letters and phone calls from election officials.
  • Reporting concerns to election officials right away.

Regular polling precincts will NOT be open on Election Day. You will be mailed your ballot.

However, if you prefer to vote in person, you can take your unmarked ballot package to a Juneau Vote Center and mark your ballot in a voting booth there.

The Juneau Vote Centers will be located at City Hall and at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library during these dates and times:

  • City Hall – Assembly Chambers (155 S. Seward St.)
    • Weekdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Election Day, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Mendenhall Valley Public Library (3025 Dimond Park Loop)
    • Weekdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturdays, Sept. 26 & Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Election Day, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Yes. You must apply to vote by fax or electronic transmission (e-ballot). Download and print off the application here or call the CBJ Election Center at (907) 364-7401 or send an email to [email protected] to request an Application to Vote by Fax or Electronic Transmission.  Complete and return the application to CBJ Elections by 5 p.m. AKDT on October 5, 2020. Instructions are included with the application. Applications received after this date will not be processed. E-ballots must be voted and received by the Election Center no later than 8p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Election Day, October 6, 2020.

In response to concerns about protecting public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly has followed national and state guidelines and has developed new ways to provide public services.  Election planning process usually begins 6-8 months prior to election day and in March and April when planning began for the CBJ October 6, 2020 Regular Municipal Election, State and City “hunker down” mandates were in place and it was unknown at the time when those would be lifted. Also, at that same time, the State Division of Elections had not yet determined how they would conduct the August Primary Election and November General Election so the Municipal Clerk/Election Official was asked to provide options to the Assembly on how the local Municipal Election might be conducted during the pandemic.

Sending a ballot to each qualified voter in a By Mail Election ensures that all voters have the maximum opportunity to vote in the October 6, 2020 regular municipal election while maintaining the safety and security of the voters, election workers, and the voting process.

In 2007, the Assembly voted to amend the election code to allow the Assembly to call for a by-mail municipal election to be conducted by a motion of the Assembly. Planning and preparing for municipal elections usually begins 6-8 months prior to election day and in March and April when planning began for the CBJ October 6, 2020 Regular Municipal Election, State and City “hunker down” mandates were in place and it was unknown at the time when those would be lifted. In response to COVID-19, the Clerk’s office presented information on voting by mail and a proposal from the Municipality of Anchorage to offer its experience, equipment and staff to assist. On May 18, the Assembly passed a motion to conduct the Regular October 6, 2020 Municipal Election as a by-mail election. On June 29, the Assembly adopted Ordinance 2020-24(b), amending the election code to facilitate a by-mail election to be held on October 6, 2020.

Receiving your ballot

Ballot packages were mailed to registered voters three weeks before Election Day on September 15, 2020.

Every ballot package contains:

  • an official ballot;
  • a security sleeve with your “I Have Voted” sticker;
  • instructions; and
  • a ballot return envelope.

If you lose, damage, or do not receive your ballot package in the mail, call the CBJ Election Center at (907) 364-7401 or send an email to [email protected] to request a replacement ballot package.

You may also visit a Juneau Vote Center to vote.  You must have proper identification to vote in-person at a Juneau Vote Center.

The Juneau Vote Centers are located at City Hall and at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library during these dates and times:

  • City Hall – Assembly Chambers (155 S. Seward St.)
    • Weekdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Election Day, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Mendenhall Valley Public Library (3025 Dimond Park Loop)
    • Weekdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturdays, Sept. 26 & Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Election Day, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Ballot packages were mailed three weeks before Election Day on September 15, 2020.  If you want to receive your ballot package at a temporary address rather than your regular mailing address, complete the Application to Vote at a Temporary Address and return it to CBJ Elections according to instructions on the form no later than 5:00 p.m. AKDT on September 29, 2020.

Or, call the CBJ Election Center at (907) 364-7401 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

The Application to Vote at a Temporary Address for the 2020 Election is available at this link.

If this method does not work with your travel plans, an e-ballot option is also available.

Ballot packages were mailed three weeks before Election Day on September 15, 2020. If you will be out of the country and you will not be able to receive your mail in time to return your ballot – and you are able to send and receive an email or fax – print and complete the Application to Vote by Fax or Electronic Transmission (e-Ballot) or call the CBJ Election Center at (907) 364-7401 to request an Application to Vote by Fax or Electronic Transmission (e-Ballot). Applications to vote by fax or electronic transmission are due to CBJ Elections no later than 5:00 p.m. AKDT on October 5, 2020. Applications received after this date will not be processed. E-ballots must be voted and received by the Election Center no later than 8p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Election Day, October 8, 2020.

Or, call the CBJ Election Center at (907) 364-7401 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Please cross out the address, write “return to sender – no longer at this address” and drop it in the mail. These returned envelopes will be provided to the State of Alaska Division of Elections to help the state maintain the voter registration list.

Marking and returning your ballot

Mark your ballot using a black or blue pen, completely filling in the oval beside the selection of your choice.  Instructions for marking your ballot are provided in your ballot envelope and also shown on the ballot.

Every voter in CBJ can vote for every race on the ballot. The Juneau Assembly Districts reflect the residency of the candidate only — candidates are elected by all voters and serve all voters.  The candidate residency districts ensure a geographic diversity of representation on the Assembly.

The ballot contains instructions about how to correct mistakes while marking your ballot. If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can correct it by striking through the oval and the candidate’s name or proposition answer that you do not want to vote for​ and filling in the oval beside the candidate or proposition you do wish to vote for, as shown in the example below.

Anyone over the age of 18, regardless of their relationship to you, may witness your signature on the return ballot envelope.  If the person is unknown to you, please show them ID.

Also, a Juneau Vote Center worker will be happy to witness your signature on your ballot at one of the Vote Centers — just show them your ID.

If all else fails, the Juneau Assembly adopted an emergency ordinance addressing this issue and has stated that if all other voter identification matches a returned ballot, including voter signature verification, the ballot will not be discounted for the lack of a witness.

You may remove it and throw it away.

The ballot stub is used by the printer to account for the number of ballots issued, and the one you received with your ballot in the mail has no use to the voter or CBJ elections. If you do not remove it and have sealed your ballot with the stub in your return envelope, do not worry: Election staff will remove it, and your ballot will be processed. For ballots issued at a Juneau Vote Center, those ballot stubs will be retained by our Vote Center workers to ensure ballot accountability at each of the Vote Center locations.

You may choose one of three methods to return your ballot.

  • Take your ballot return envelope with first class postage (55-cent/”Forever” stamp) to a U.S. Post Office. ​ (Please note – the address it is being mailed to is the CBJ Post Office address located in Anchorage and that is not a typo.)

Or, save postage and:

  • Place your ballot return envelope in a secure ballot drop box.
  • Take your ballot return envelope to a Juneau Vote Center.

If you choose to mail your ballot rather than drop it at a Juneau Vote Center or a drop box, it requires a 55-cent stamp, also known as a “Forever Stamp.”

Juneau Vote Centers

A Juneau Vote Center is a location where you can get voter services and is taking the place of the Early/Absentee Stations and Polling Precincts on Election Day. Voters may come to a Juneau Vote Center to deliver a completed mailed ballot return envelope, replace a lost or damaged ballot, receive a ballot package if they did not receive one in the mail, vote a questioned ballot, receive voting assistance, and get help with other voter questions.

The Juneau Vote Centers are located at City Hall and at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library during these dates and times:

  • City Hall – Assembly Chambers (155 S. Seward St.)
    • Weekdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Election Day, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Mendenhall Valley Public Library (3025 Dimond Park Loop)
    • Weekdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturdays, Sept. 26 & Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.