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CBJ Municipal Election News 2021: Initiative Petitions in Process

May 4th, 2021|Comments Off on CBJ Municipal Election News 2021: Initiative Petitions in Process

When Juneau residents think of Spring, they don’t usually think of Election Season. However, for those citizens who have an interest in placing a question on the October 5, 2021 ballot, spring is the time to begin that process and the Municipal Clerk’s office has been busy processing initiative petition affidavits. To find out more, we have provided links below and on our main elections page to some of the key documents to help explain the process in more depth.

Citizen initiatives for CBJ Charter Amendments go through a slightly different process than an ballot initiative or referendum which would enact or repeal a CBJ ordinance. Click here to see the flow chart and timelines involved for each type of initiative.

As of May 3, 2021, the Municipal Clerk’s office received and approved three (3) Petitioner Committee Affidavits for the issuance of petition booklets for the following Charter Amendments:


Initiative Short Title: Ship Free Saturdays

Initiative Short Title: Cruise Ship Size Limit

Copies of each of the three cruise ship related Charter Amendment Affidavits are linked above. Below are copies of the letter from the Municipal Clerk to the Petitioners Committees as well as a copy of Municipal Attorney Robert Palmer’s memo to the Clerk regarding legal review.

May 3, 2021 Municipal Clerk McEwen’s Letter of Instructions to Petitioners Committees

April 30, 2021 Municipal Attorney Palmer’s memo to Municipal Clerk

In a separate matter, the Municipal Clerk’s Office received a Petitioner Committee Affidavit for an Initiative Petition […]

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The Municipal Clerk’s Office serves as Liaison with the CBJ Assembly, staff and the public and is the Election Official for the municipality. The Municipal Clerk is responsible for:

  • administrating local elections, serving as a voter registration office for the State of Alaska; and reviewing compliance with Alaska Public Offices Commission requirements.
  • providing notification of all official activities and meetings of the Assembly and its various committees in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.
  • administrating the activity of the Assembly, the Assembly Standing Committees and the Assembly appointed advisory boards and committees.
  • administrating appeals to the Assembly regarding decisions of the Planning Commission and other quasi-judicial boards.
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  • coordinating and maintaining office tracking system for correspondence and follow-up action.
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  • assisting in the preparation of the Assembly budget, reviewing expenditures and assisting the Mayor’s Executive Assistant with administration of approved budget.
  • assisting in planning and attending special events on behalf of the CBJ.
  • administering liquor and gaming license review.